Comets' doors still open to Gladstone players
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EMBATTLED Central Comets coach Neale Crow says the door is always open for more Gladstone players to try their luck with the Queensland Cup outfit.
Fullback Ron Craig's solid performances with the Comets in recent weeks, despite the side being on the end of some big losses, has proved quality Gladstone players will be considered for the side.
'Ron came in without having a pre-season with us and I think initially the pace of Queensland Cup gave him a surprise,' Crow said.
'But he's been improving every game ... and has made some try-saving tackles.'
Crow said Craig had faced a difficult time but would be best helped by the Comets cutting down on the number of line breaks being made by opposition teams.
Another Gladstone goalkicking fullback James Radloff has been training with the Comets fortnightly while Crow yesterday revealed he had also approached Radloff's Gladstone Brothers team-mate Clint Doherty about linking with the side.
'Clint's a great second-rower and could offer the Comets a lot but he was unable to commit because of work commitments,' Crow said.
'But the door's always open ? we realise there's some great players in Gladstone.'
Crow said having to travel an hour each way to train with the Comets was a disadvantage for Gladstone-based players but one that could be overcome as evidence by the likes of Aaron Farrar and Grant Broadhurst in the past.
He also pointed to the likes of Melbourne Storm's centre as an example of what could be achieved if players are prepared to work hard.
'Steven Bell drove from Emerald and back three times a week back in the (CQ) Capras days,' Crow said.
'Now he's one of the leading tryscorers in the NRL.'