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Wallabys start recruiting drive

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WALLABYS Rugby League club president Glenn Butcher is doing his best Uncle Sam impression to attract under-19 players for 2006.

'I want you !', may have been the slogan in which the famous American character called on Americans to enlist in the Army, but Butcher is borrowing it in the bid for young Gladstone players to play for his club.

According to the CQ Extended League criteria for next season, all clubs need to field three teams ? A grade, reserve grade and un- der-19s.

Wallabys had a handful of un- der-19 players who regularly were on the end of horrendous beltings last season.

Butcher believes the spirit shown by those boys who took to the field should encourage others to sign-up for next season at the club's sign-on this Sunday at the Rocky Glen Hotel.

'The boys who played last sea- son were tremendous, their spirit was amazing,' Butcher said.

'All of them have put their names down again for next sea- son, but we are on the lookout for some more boys who join them.

'If they are interested, they should come down to the RG on Sunday and sign-up.

'Their rego for next year is paid for and get their jersey, shorts, socks and two training singlets.'

If you don't believe that last part of the bargain, free registra- tion, you should because club life member Terry Hamilton has gen- erously made a substantial do- nation.

'As a club, we need an under-19 team to meet the Extended League criteria and thanks to Terry's gen- erosity, anyone who plays in the under-19s has their rego paid for them.

'All they have to do is come down on Sunday and sign-on, that is what we are looking for.'

The under-19 team will be coached by Matthew Johnson in 2006 and according to Butcher is sure to be a popular coach with the team.

'Matthew is great with the young fellas, he was around the club last year and we are really happy to have him on board for next season,' he said.

As mentioned earlier, the Wal- labys Club sign-on is tomorrow at the Rocky Glen Beergarden start- ing at 3pm.