Farrar aims for annual clash with the Comets

GLADSTONE Raiders coach Aaron Farrar hopes next month's clash against a Central Comets development squad will become an annual feature on the rugby league calendar.

And the big front-rower wants his troops to be as well prepared as possible.

Farrar, who has proudly worn the Raiders colours into representative matches in recent years, will this week finalise a training program for Raiders squad members.

It is envisaged the program will include two squad training sessions per week, after Christmas, leading up to the January 28 match.

Farrar is gathering a list of players from all five Gladstone and District Rugby League clubs ? Biloela, Brothers, Tannum Sands, Valleys and Wallabys ? which have been asked to nominate players keen to represent the Raiders.

'The clubs have all put forward names of guys who they thought could be representative players,' Farrar said.

'The opportunity's there for each of the clubs to put seven or eight players forward and if they do that we should have 40 players training and from that have a solid team of 25.

'We'll be a little underdone. A lot of the guys will not be doing fitness work like the Central Comets, but we'll train as hard as we can.'

Farrar was looking forward to viewing new players to the district who, having been signed by local clubs in order to meet Queensland Rugby League Central Division criteria, should press for spots in the Raiders side.

Farrar said next year's revamped representative calendar, which also features Gladstone, Rockhampton and Central Highlands teams competing in open, under-19 and under-17 divisions, should attract great interest from players and supporters alike.

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