He was once the greatest point-scoring machine in rugby league, but now Daryl Halligan will be passing on a few pointers to the Canberra Raiders.
Halligan began work today as Raiders goal-kicking coach, acting as an advisor to Canberra players such as Clinton Schifcofske, Matt Gafa and Todd Carney.
Halligan�s part-time role will include up to a dozen coaching sessions during the 2005 NRL season, as well as weekly expert analysis on the performance of Canberra�s kickers.
Halligan�s success is demonstrated by his students - past and present. He has worked with National Rugby League sides the Bulldogs, Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks, including goal-kickers such as Hasem El Masri, Craig Fitzgibbon and Andrew Johns.
A New Zealand representative in 29 Test matches, Halligan has also worked with rugby union�s All Blacks and tutored kickers such as Carlos Spencer and Andrew Mehrtens.
Raiders assistant coach and former Brisbane Broncos goal-kicker Terry Matterson said the Raiders were serious about improving their accuracy in season 2005.
�It�s an area we�ve identified that we need improvement,� Matterson said. �Two or three years back we had a really good percentage, but it�s dropped a little. It�s a really important area of the game and I think Daryl can help us get better.�
Raiders fullback Clinton Schifcofske, who scored a club-record 245 points for Canberra in 2001, is keen to return to top form with the boot after a lean year in 2004. He lost the kicking duties at one stage in 2004, but he will start next season as Canberra�s number one choice goal-kicker.
�Last year it was pretty disappointing, although I finished the year off all right. I think you�re struggling if you can�t take something away from Daryl because he�s probably the best kicker we�ve had in our game.�
When he retired from playing in 2000, Halligan was the greatest point-scorer of all-time in Australian rugby league. He scored 2034 points in 230 games for the North Sydney Bears and Bulldogs between 1991-2000. He is now second on the leading point-scoring list behind another retired player, Jason Taylor (2107 points).
Halligan said his focus was on refining a player�s natural style, not changing it.
�Goal-kicking is a pretty personal thing with most people. There�s some pretty accomplished kickers here at the Raiders, but hopefully we�ll see some improvement.�
His motto is simple - �The more you do the better you are. Nothing beats hard work.�