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Cowboys catch Charman

Jamie Charman.
Jamie Charman. Chris Ison

FORMER Brisbane Lions premiership ruckman Jamie Charman has jumped codes, taking on a role as kicking and catching coach for the North Queensland Cowboys.

Charman, who retired from the AFL this year, will periodically visit Cowboys training and keep track of the performance of the team each week in his new part-time role which has the blessing of the Lions, who employ the 29-year-old as a ruck coach and in their corporate business department.

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The unique arrangement started on Saturday when Charman joined the Cowboys' final training session of the third week of pre-season training at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Cowboys general manager - Football Peter Parr said Charman's appointment represented another significant step forward for North Queensland as the club seeks to improve on its seventh place finish in 2011.

He said the coaching staff had identified the NRL and NYC teams' kicking and catching of the ball as two areas which needed extra focus during training and improvement on game day.

Parr approached AFL great Leigh Matthews for advice on who may be available to help the Cowboys with expert tuition and he suggested Charman who played under Matthews in the Lions' 2003 premiership team.

After making his debut in 2001, Charman, a proud Queenslander, played 129 matches for Brisbane in a career which was unluckily hampered by injury woes.

"We think Jamie is going to be a valuable acquisition for the Cowboys," Parr said.

"There is no doubt that kicking and taking the high ball, and the ball close to the ground, are skills that are more vital than ever in rugby league and we're looking for any extra edge we can gain in those areas."

CLUBMAN

Jamie Charman was a one-club man, playing for the Brisbane Lions from 2001-2009

He won a premiership in 2003

He played in 129 matches and kicked 55 goals

Topics:  north queensland cowboys, nrl


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