The Pearl? has nothing to do with the doomsayers

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FORMER Queensland State of Ori- gin rugby league great Steve Ren- ouf is having nothing of the doom- sayers' views that the days of Maroon glory are over.

Renouf, who was in Gladstone yesterday as an Australia Day Council ambassador, said there was enough young talent coming through the ranks to ensure Queensland would continue to contest fiercely for the annual in- terstate series.

'There's still nothing between them. One team's always going to finish on top ... that's what Origin is all about,' he said.

'Those comments (about the end of the Maroons' reign) are the sort of thing which will push Queensland to turn things around. There's plenty of young talent coming through.'

Young talent is something the former Brisbane Bronco believes will benefit his old club in the forthcoming National Rugby League season. He said the criticism the Bron- cos draw every time they fail to win a premiership is unwarranted but a result of the club's past suc- cess which raises expectations.

'They didn't have a bad year last year, they made the finals but were pipped by the (North Queens- land) Cowboys,' Renouf said.

'They've got a lot of good young blokes like 'Buster' (Brett) Sey- mour who's back from injury. I'm looking forward to seeing him play inside Darren Lockyer.

'If (Seymour) can stay injury- free, he'll prove he's a great player.'

Renouf said he enjoyed his comeback half-season with Bris- bane Easts last year, which almost resulted in a premiership victory, the Tigers went down to Burleigh Bears in the grand final.

Employed by the Queensland Department of Sport and Recrea- tion where he has worked for three years, Renouf said last year's stint was enough to satisfy his need to play again and he was happy to retire on a positive note.



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