Learning curve for Veivers at Workington

New Workington coach Phil Veivers accepts he still has a lot to learn about the squad he has inherited.

He got his tenure off to the perfect start at the weekend, with Town earning a hard fought 8-6 victory against Barrow in the Championship.

This weekend, the Cumbrians face community club Normanton Knights in the Challenge Cup third round, in a game to be played at Featherstone’s Big Fellas Stadium on Saturday.

Veivers said: “I’ve only had about an hour and half of training and then the game on Sunday. So at the moment we are still assessing what we’ve got, the quality of the playing staff, what systems we can use, the changes that need to be made, everything really.

“I think it will probably take a few weeks to get fully up to speed with the squad. I need to learn how they play and what works well for them.

“We have the Wigan boys who are here on dual registration. There is also a lot of players already here within Workington who I don’t have a lot of knowledge of, and there’s some I don’t have any knowledge of.

“The guys had a run out at the weekend and there are a couple I’ve seen tapes of so I am starting to see what they have to offer but there’s a few more I need to see, but hopefully it won’t be too long before I know my best team.”

The former Salford coach is determined to ensure there is no complacency against their National Conference League Division One opponents.

Veivers added: “It is important that we play to the standards we set at the weekend.

“The Tetley’s Challenge Cup is a special competition but at the end of day we have to treat Saturday’s match as just another game of Rugby League.

“Complacency can be an issue in these fixtures and that is something I have to emphasise during the week.

“We have to get a result on Saturday first, but assuming we do we’d like to get a bigger side at home where we can get a big crowd in, raise some funds and potentially cause an upset.”

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