McDonnell Impressed with HPYU Program

A new generation of highly talented footballers have completed a three day camp with NRL staff at Belmore, as part of the Bulldogs Youth High Performance Program.

The Bulldogs Youth High Performance Program is designed to provide talented youth players with a game specific development program covering all areas of rugby league.

The players have been under the watchful eye of Pathways Performance Manager, Andy Patmore over the three days, “It’s been run really well. Andy Patmore has been in charge of it and he has done a great job with the boys,” said Head of Recruitment, Warren McDonnell.

“We have ten local boys from our Harold Matthews and SG Ball squads, as well eight kids from country New South Wales and Queensland. It’s been a really good camp and an eye opener for the kids.”

McDonnell arrived at the club in early November from the West Tigers and has over 17 years’ experience in recruitment and junior league development, with proven success of identifying local juniors that have gone on to play NRL for the Wests Tigers. 

“I haven’t been at the club for that long, but the program gives me a good opportunity to get to know these young men and what makes them tick both on and off the field, because it’s not just about when they cross the white line on the weekend. The program gives us a real opportunity to look at the kids that we think can progress.”