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Sandow excited by working with new coach

By Ian McCullough 13/11/2009 10:14:16 PM Comments (0)

It took South Sydney halfback Chris Sandow just five minutes to realise the appointment of John Lang as the NRL club's new coach can only be a good thing for the Rabbitohs.

Sandow admits he was shocked by the sacking of Jason Taylor in September following a drunken bust-up with former Rabbitoh David Fa'alogo at the club's end-of-season celebrations.

However, the 20-year-old has been impressed with what he has seen of Lang since the veteran coach took over the reins following a brief stint as the club's football consultant.

"What happened to JT was very sad and no offence to him, but I am looking forward to playing under Langy," Sandow told AAP.

"He has won a premiership, played heaps of Origin and has lots of coaching experience."

Aside from Lang's credentials, which include an eight-year spell at Cronulla followed by a successful five successful years at Penrith, where he guided the Panthers to the 2003 premiership, Sandow has been blown away by the 58-year-old's man-management skills.

"Langy was around the squad a fair bit last year which I think is an advantage to him as he knows a bit about the players," he said.

"But what has really impressed me is that all the boys have had one-on-one interviews with him and they have all come out feeling really positive.

"In mine he told me in the first five minutes how he planned to play but also asked me for my input and what I felt was good and bad about my game. That was a really good thing to do.

"He has assured me that he is not going to bring in anything too fancy and just wants me to play my natural game, which has got me to NRL level and that is excellent because I hate structured footy."

Sandow admits he had a patchy first full season in 2009 following a red-hot introduction to the NRL midway through 2008 and is now fully aware of what is required to play at the highest level.

"There is a lot more to come from me, I had a couple of injuries last year which affected my confidence and form, but I felt towards the end I was getting back to my best form and can hit the ground running in 2010."

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