RUGBY LEAGUE: He's a terrier on the field but it's Troy Giess' professionalism off the paddock which makes him a great leader at the Sunshine Coast Falcons, according to coach Craig Ingebrigtsen.
The 29-year-old is poised to captain the state league side again in 2017, after propelling it to a shock preliminary finals berth this year.
"He's a great leader,” the coach said.
"His off-field stuff is second to none. He's very good around the group, about selling game plans and players sticking to structures and if we've got something on as a group, he wants everyone there.”
Giess linked with the club a year ago, along with Ingebrigtsen, from Easts.
He immediately captured the respect of his peers.
And on the paddock, he led by example.
"As a leader on the field it's all about his actions, not about his words,” Ingebrigtsen said.
"He's only a small backrower but the way he throws himself into a game of footy is outstanding.”
Indeed, even at 187cm and 98kg, Giess was an enforcer, averaging 33 tackles a game.
Giess and fellow stalwart Jon Grieve, who was at the club in its debut season, have been granted some reprieve in the pre-season.
Training started last week but the duo won't have to work quite as hard as some of the younger ones.
"They are are up around 170 (state league) games and at the end of the day we need them in August and September, we don't need them in January and February,” the coach said.
"We need to mke sure their bodies are right to play footy. It's something I'm really big on, is managing those top-end players, they've earned the right to have a bit of extra time off.”
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