Staff Peter O'Sullivan

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Recruitment expert set to join Vodafone Warriors
warriors.kiwi & www.photosport.nz
Tue 15 May 2018, 11:43 AM


The man who discovered many of the NRL's superstars - including Vodafone Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - is set to join the Mount Smart Stadium club as its recruitment manager.

Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George today confirmed renowned talent scout Peter O'Sullivan had agreed terms to join the club for the Auckland-based role.

George said he was confident the NRL would grant approval for him to return to the game after being sidelined from recruitment roles at the end of 2016.

O'Sullivan is widely-regarded as one of the best talent spotters in the business having built champion rosters at the Storm and Roosters.

"This is a role that is crucial to our future and we certainly believe Peter brings a lot to the table in regards to that," said George.

"We've agreed to terms with Peter and it now sits with the NRL for registration as every other employee of every NRL club does and we will wait for that to happen before he can commence work.

"We did our due diligence in terms of what has happened in the past.

"It's been dealt with from the National Rugby League, they've obviously taken whatever action they believed was appropriate but more importantly they've advised us that he's welcome back in the game, and that process is being undertaken now in terms of his registration."

George made the announcement at the Vodafone Warriors' field session at Mount Smart Stadium today.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/05/15/recruitment-expert-set-to-join-vodafone-warriors/

Was actually thinking it was official but he still needs NRL approval. Already shared my 5 cents on Peter but he is the best there is. Hope he joins us...
 
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Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
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Cameron McGregor sounded like a politician who just got elected to power yesterday when he, on behalf of the new owners, said this is the sort of thing we can expect under the new owners. Funny how he forgot that Warriors management were after O'Sullivan long before the sale of the club.

Oh well, let the games begin!!!
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,447
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Peter O'Sullivan reinforces Warriors' plan to keep best Kiwis in New Zealand
DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00, July 1 2018

CHRIS McKEEN/STUFF
New Warriors recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan wants the club to build success from within

The 15 other NRL clubs have been put on notice, that it's no longer open slather for them to snap up the best players from New Zealand.

Warriors general manager of football operations Brian Smith said in an interview with Stuff recently that for too long Australian teams were able to cherry pick the best young players in the country.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has also lamented that the club haven't brought through enough young players to the first grade team.

It meant that the club have been heavy recruiters, rather than developers over recent seasons, but for long term success, new recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan says that has to be reversed

First comes identifying which players you want, the next step is convincing them to sign to the Warriors.

"We've got to implement a system here that the kids want to stay at," O'Sullivan said.

"That's where Brian comes into the equation.

"Brian has got a proven track record of setting up systems over the years that evolve into success.

"The Parramatta blueprint was probably one we could build our club around, in terms of getting good development systems in place for our 16s, 18s and having that flow into and joining up with our elite 20s players, then into first grade.

"If you haven't got five to six kids coming through your system and into your top squad on a yearly basis, you're really struggling.

"The blueprint for success is about building from within.

"There are times where you have to go outside that framework and cherrypick here and there, but as it goes on, that process should be diminishing and the production from within increases."

O'Sullivan intends to spend plenty of time travelling around the country, watching league and rugby games to find talent.

It's something he's got an eye for and he realised the potential of some players who are now the biggest names in the game currently.

Asked if there was a common trait he saw in stars like Israel Folau, Greg Inglis, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and others when they were young, O'Sullivan says there was.

"They've all got balance, that's a big key," he said.

"Obviously, there is athleticism, but that balance part is really big in my eyes.

"The way they carry themselves, the way they move, their body movements.

"That tends to be the starting point for me, lots of points have got to fall into the occasion after that.

You see a kid like Roger walk in and you can see he's got balance, then he ticks every box after that.

"He's a good person, well educated and goal driven."

- Sunday Star Times

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...rriors-plan-to-keep-best-kiwis-in-new-zealand
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,447
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
New Warriors recruitment genius Peter O'Sullivan targets NRL premiership
DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00, July 1 2018

CHRIS MCKEEN/STUFF
Peter O'Sullivan says of his new job with the Warriors: 'You fish where the fish are'.

The 15 other NRL clubs have been put on notice, that it's no longer open slather for them to snap up the best players from New Zealand.

Warriors general manager of football operations Brian Smith said in an interview with Stuff recently that for too long Australian teams were able to cherry pick the best young players in the country.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has also lamented that the club haven't brought through enough young players to the first grade team.

It meant that the club have been heavy recruiters, rather than developers over recent seasons, but for long term success, new recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan says that has to be reversed.

First comes identifying which players you want, the next step is convincing them to sign to the Warriors.

"We've got to implement a system here that the kids want to stay at," O'Sullivan said.

"That's where Brian comes into the equation.

"Brian has got a proven track record of setting up systems over the years that evolve into success.

"The Parramatta blueprint was probably one we could build our club around, in terms of getting good development systems in place for our 16s, 18s and having that flow into and joining up with our elite 20s players, then into first grade.

"If you haven't got five to six kids coming through your system and into your top squad on a yearly basis, you're really struggling.

"The blueprint for success is about building from within.

"There are times where you have to go outside that framework and cherrypick here and there, but as it goes on, that process should be diminishing and the production from within increases."

O'Sullivan intends to spend plenty of time travelling around the country, watching league and rugby games to find talent.

It's something he's got an eye for and he realised the potential of some players who are now the biggest names in the game currently.

Asked if there was a common trait he saw in stars like Israel Folau, Greg Inglis, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and others when they were young, O'Sullivan says there was.

"They've all got balance, that's a big key," he said.

"Obviously, there is athleticism, but that balance part is really big in my eyes.

"The way they carry themselves, the way they move, their body movements.

"That tends to be the starting point for me, lots of points have got to fall into the occasion after that.

You see a kid like Roger walk in and you can see he's got balance, then he ticks every box after that.

"He's a good person, well educated and goal driven."

- Sunday Star Times

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...enius-peter-osullivan-targets-nrl-premiership
 

Run_it_str8

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 1, 2016
2,607
Oh well no better way to protect the casino than to get the crooks who hustled you in the first place.

But yet it actually feels good to have him on our team now.

Hi Peter. Here's the nursery (NZ).

Can you get us another:

NAS with better skills.
A Cameron Smith brained kid.
A JT competitiveness half.
A real speedster winger with power.
A ball playing defensive monster centre pairing.
Some optimal sized props with brains and mongrel.

Ta
 

Uncmase

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 12, 2016
1,599
Perth, Australia
Oh well no better way to protect the casino than to get the crooks who hustled you in the first place.

But yet it actually feels good to have him on our team now.

Hi Peter. Here's the nursery (NZ).

Can you get us another:

NAS with better skills.
A Cameron Smith (AKA 3rd ref) brained kid.
A JT competitiveness half.
A real speedster winger with power.
A ball playing defensive monster centre pairing.
Some optimal sized props with brains and mongrel.

Ta
Well why don't you just say Melbourne for goodness sake. Lol
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
8,657
Good to see that he has high expectations. Let's hope he is talking the same way in 6-12 months.

At the other clubs he had to get NZ kids out of the country which for some families could be an obstacle, others the family would be keen for the kid to have a new opportunity and some the family might up root and move with them. He know only has that on a smaller scale for kids out of Auckland.

The Storm and Roosters probably gave him some other advantages over other recruiters in terms of what he could offer. Hopefully this isn't the case and we are read about success stories and not frustrations due to resourcing.
 
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bruce

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Sep 1, 2015
15,241
The Storm and Roosters probably gave him some other advantages over other recruiters in terms of what he could offer.
Probably a less dysfunctional development system for starters. Brian Smith has a track record of putting systems in place so my glass is half full with O'Sullivan on board.
 

gREVUS

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May 8, 2012
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Wonder if O'Sullivan has been given the brown paper bag green light here? Or maybe with NZs excellent fishing a boat fund? Dude is dodgy as hell but he gets the job done thats for sure...
yea but does the new owners of the warriors have the money to fund a brown paper bag system?
 

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