Millward: Building For The Future

The Illawarra Cutters have commenced their pre-season training under the guidance of new Head Coach Ian Millward.


Millward, affectionately known as Basil, boasts an impressive resume and returns from his most recent job with Super League outfit Castleford.


Millward has previously overseen, amongst other clubs, fellow Super League team St Helens, where he won two Super League titles, two Challenge Cups as well as a World Club Challenge.


Yet he now focuses his attention on leading the Cutters and it is a task he is excited about.


I am very keen to get right into things and continue expanding on the systems already set in in place under previous Head Coach Paul McGregor, said Millward.


I understand its not an easy job, and I applaud Paul for the job he has done up to this time with the Cutters.


I understand that managing a players emotion when theyre in and out of the team is important and requires strong leadership and man-management skills.


For me, another significant thing is Im coaching in the Illawarra area, a place where I grew up and cut my teeth here coaching the Illawarra Steelers.


Ive been on a journey and its a good time to come back.


Millward has appointed Scott Logan as the new Assistant Coach of the Club having worked previously with him in England.


Logan is familiar with the Illawarra Rugby League set-up having enjoyed success with local club Collegians.


Both will be overseeing a Cutters team that has undergone some key changes to players and staff during the off-season but sees it as just another challenge in his strides.


Scott has coached in the local league and has vast knowledge of NSW Cup which is very helpful, said Millward.


I hope to be able to help him forge a pathway for himself in coaching.


The Cutters will be different every year as they have only been established recently two years ago and there are still challenges but this is expected with a Club building strong foundations for the future.