By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
CENTRAL Comets coach Matt Parish says there will be plenty at stake for his players when they clash with the Gladstone Raiders at Marley Brown Oval on Friday week.
With competition for spots in the lineup hotting up already, Parish said early impressions would count for plenty in the Comets' first trial of the season.
'We should be at about three- quarters full strength ? we'll send a few kids down,' Parish said.
'It's pretty important. We've got 30-odd blokes in the squad and they're all competing for po-sitions ? I expect they'll all be ripping in.'
Parish said the match would also provide Gladstone players with the opportunity to impress Comets' officials and hoped the encounter would serve to forge new ties between his club and the Gladstone rugby league fra- ternity.
'I don't really care about the past, I'm about the future and I see Gladstone as a rugby league stronghold and we're looking to improve the relationship be- tween the Comets and the Glad- stone rugby league area,' he said.
Parish envisaged the Comets playing an important role in se-curing the future services of the Central Queensland region's brightest young talent who may have otherwise been lost to the area.
The new Comets coach said he was pleased with his squad's preparations ahead of the Glad- stone clash and additional trial matches against NRL outfits Manly and Cronulla and the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns.