Major in Comets' reshuffle

TANNUM Sands fullback Damien Major has been picked for the CQ Comets, in a number of changes for the team.

CQ Comets coach Wayne Barnett has had his eye on the local player for awhile, and finally he's been included.

“He is a player I've been trying to get into this squad,” he said.

While the season began with plenty of promise for Karl Johnson as the CQ Comets centre but it is all over now as he has moved on to the Sunshine Coast by mutual agreement

“We weren't going to re-sign him for next year anyway and the Sunny Coast was willing to take him. We've parted on speaking terms, Comets coach Wayne Barnett said

In recent weeks the Comets have found it difficult placing Johnson in the squad especially with players back from injury.

Consequently the move should work well for both parties. Naming his team yesterday Barnett knew things must change as the Comets' season hangs in the balance.

“I thought we'd go for a bit of a shake-up,” he said.

The halves combination of Nathan Barraclough and Marc Fickling has been replaced by Guy Williams and Ian Webster, who moves from hooker to five-eighth.

Against a team like Redcliffe this combination looks to be solid defensively, while Webster also has the spark to drive the Comets forward and the confidence to try something a little different, especially from the ruck area.

Fickling moves to hooker, while Barraclough is currently the 18th man as Barnett has question marks over the fitness of Aaron Summers and Darren Mapp.

A corked thigh prevents Nick Deves from retaining his place in the line-up and Barnett has opted to put Junior Auru back on the wing.

Barnett knows the odds are against his team if results go with current form.

“Redcliffe is very strong and plays up-tempo football up the middle of the park,” Barnett said.

– The Morning Bulletin

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