Team Kumul has gone into its High Performance camp for 2013 in Lae on Monday and will end on Thursday this week.
Director Mal Meninga and Head Coach Adrian Lam are takingthe first camp attendees throughtheir paces at Sir Kilage Stadium.
The camp is said to bethe first of several planned throughoutthe year in preparation for the upcomingWorld Cup in October.
Additional players will be added duringthe year before Team Kumul squad is finalised for theWorld Cup. Players will be assessed on a camp-by-camp basis and players who do not meet certain requirements duringthe year will not attend futher Team Kumul camps.
The High Performance program is designed to provide specialised training and monitoring tPNG based players to givethem every opportunity to representtheir nation.
Meninga saidthe players invited to attendthe camp are not players who will makethe final squad.
“All selected players will be assessed duringthe camp and we’ll be adding or removingthe players.
“The selection will be based purely on performance. Whoever doesn’t measure up to certain performance will not be invited tothe next camp.
“Players who haven’t been invited tothe first camp have every opportunity to impress and secure a spot for the next camp. Players must be reminded that ‘No spots are just handed on a platter’.
“This is not a holiday and players will have to work exceptionally hard in camp to proverthey deserve to be invited back.
“We have to be very hard-nosed about this – it’s all about identifyingthe players who will perform attheWorld Cup and intothe future for the Kumuls. There are no free rides with this program.” – pngrfl