Mitch Newton returns to coach the Rams

Mitch Newton, former Bulldogs player is the new Camden Rams coach. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Mitch Newton, former Bulldogs player is the new Camden Rams coach. Picture: Jonathan Ng

FORMER Bulldogs NRL player Mitch Newton is hoping to put some bite back into Camden Rugby League Football Club's Group 6 performances this season.

Taking over the first grade coaching role from Mark De Ubago, Newton (pictured) will be assisted by former Bulldogs teammate Brent Sherwin.

Newton, who has a strong bond with the Rams, returns to the club he was part of when they won their last premiership, in 2002.

The Rams have missed out on the finals in recent seasons. Newton hopes to return the club to its glory days, but he realises the task he faces with a young team.

Although his NRL playing days finished more than a decade ago, Newton refused to rule out pulling on a Rams jersey.

But he would have to be backed into a corner for this to happen.

"I'd never say never, but I don't think I'm up to it," Newton said. "But if it came down to having to play someone with a poor attitude then I'd put the boots on.

"I want to bring back a good culture and bring a winning mentality with players who are happy and want to play for the team."

When the Rams run out on Kirkham Park to face their opponents when the season starts late next month it will literally be boys against men.

But they will have some players who possess experience at a higher level.

"We have signed Chris Corby, who was the back-up hooker to Robbie Farah at the Tigers," Newton said.

"We want to utilise a lot of the juniors, we've got some good kids coming through.

"It'll be a lot of young kids playing against seasoned players, but I knew what I was in for when I took the coaching role. I enjoy it and I'm doing it for the love of the club."

Newton encouraged the Rams' faithful to show their support and return on game day.

He vowed to stamp out the bad behaviour which reared its ugly head a few times last season.

"I won't put up with that," he said.

"I want the footy to be a family day out — a place where everyone can enjoy themselves."

Focusing on fitness levels, Newton puts his players through their paces on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm at Kirkham Park and invites interested players to join him.

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