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Episode 186 - Michael Potter

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In this podcast
2:50 – Welcome Michael Potter 3:54 – Where he grew up and the Potter family background 5:24 – How he got into Rugby League 6:45 – Soccer and goal kicking 10:00 – What he did for work 11:24 – How he got signed with the Bulldogs 15:42 – Who moved him into full back and making it to first grade 21:32 – Pre-mediated fights in the 1980’s 22:37 – Achieving so much early in his career 24:51 – Winning his first Dally M Medal 26:50 – Insights into Warren Ryan’s coaching 29:59 – His different personalities on and off the field 31:23 – The coaching tree 34:27 – The English pathway to coaching in the NRL 35:24 – Becoming a jack of all trades at the Catalans 37:27 – Bulldogs Grand Finals in the 1980’s 39:46 – The chase for premierships 40:23 – Injuries and battling adversity 45:50 – Moving to St George 46:39 – Having to choose between work and footy 50:33 – Being coached by a young Brian Smith 54:39 – Jason Stevens injury in the grand final 56:14 – Why he retired after the 1993 grand final 57:31 – What got him out of retirement? 1:02:15 – Western Reds first game in the comp against the Dragons 1:04:07 – How he got into coaching 1:07:35 – What he loves most about coaching 1:09:35 – Finding and developing young talent 1:11:26 – The road to becoming a head coach 1:13:41 – How he got the coaching gig at St Helens 1:18:05 – Moving to Bradford Bulls and experiencing the bankruptcy period 1:23:17 – How he got the gig at the Wests Tigers 1:25:20 – Player input at the Tigers 1:27:02 – The stress on his well-being and his family 1:27:50 – On reflection would he do anything different 1:30:28 – How to tell player they’re not wanted 1:32:44 – The unfolding elements that led to his sacking 1:35:13 – Would he ever want to head coach again?


Michael Potter is a former professional rugby league player who played 201 first grade games for Canterbury, St George and the Western Reds. He won two premierships with the Bulldogs in 1984 and 1985 while winning two Dally M Player of the Years in 1984 and 1991 and Dally M Fullback of the year in 1984, 1991 and 1992. He has over 20 years experience in coaching, with his Head coaching roles including the Catalans Dragons, St Helens, Bradford Bulls and the Wests Tigers.

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