GIVEN his bloodlines, Adam Trypas was perhaps always destined to become a strength and conditioning coach in professional rugby league.
His father, George, was an Australian champion weightlifter, and his uncle Michael was a rugged back-rower who emerged from Waratah-Mayfield in the 1970s to play for Canterbury and represent NSW.
In 1998, Adam’s hobby became a career path when former Knights coach Warren Ryan appointed the then 22-year-old as the club’s part-time strength coach.
Since then his expertise has taken him around the world, working at English Super League club Wakefield and Japanese rugby union franchise Toyota, and last week he flew out with his young family after accepting a three-year appointment with French club Catalans Dragons.
Trypas said he had been in Adelaide, talking to Port Power about a possible position, when his phone rang.
‘‘While I was at the airport, I got a call from Catalans,’’ he said. ‘‘[Former Catalans coach] Trent Robinson must have thrown my name in the hat. They said they were really interested in talking to me and they needed someone with my knowledge and experience to help with their program over there and take it forward.
‘‘After that, it all happened pretty quickly and I signed up for three years.’’
His appointment adds to the Novocastrian flavour in the south of France.
Robinson, who spent three years as an assistant coach at the Knights, is considered the man who transformed Catalans into a credible force before he returned Down Under recently to take over the Sydney Roosters.
Playmaker Scott Dureau, who played 42 NRL games for Newcastle, will be joined next season by former Newcastle teammate Zeb Taia.
And ex-Newcastle coach David Waite, whose last major role was at the helm of the Great Britain team, will be assistant to Catalans’ new head tactician, Laurent Frayssinous.
Trypas had no doubt that Catalans, who have been entrenched in the Super League top four for the past two seasons, were serious about challenging for the title.
‘‘I’ve done my research and when Trent Robinson went over there, he really changed the professionalism of the place,’’ he said.
‘‘I think before that Catalans had a bit of a reputation for blokes heading over there to finish off their careers as a bit of a holiday.’’
After spending the 2012 season as strength and conditioning coach for the Knights’ junior teams, Trypas was optimistic about working for his home-town club at some point in the future.
‘‘I’d love to be at the Knights. Hopefully I will be one day. The timing hasn’t been right yet, but I just have to wait for that opportunity. But that’s my ultimate goal.
‘‘I owe the club a lot, and I’ve made a pretty good profession out of being a strength coach, and I’d love to be able to repay that when I come back from France.’’