RUGBY LEAGUE: Halfback Jack Madden is the latest local junior lured home to play for the Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras.
Coach Kim Williams said the signing had been done weeks ago but was forced to wait as Madden was still playing finals football.
He said he was thrilled to welcome back the Duaringa Bulldogs junior to the club.
"Another local, from Duaringa and came into St Brendan's from Year 8 to Year 12,” Williams said.
"It is great to have him back on board. He is highly regarded and brings that pride in the jersey I want.
"His knowledge of being in a couple of NRL systems will really help the young players and he just ticks a lot of boxes. His left foot kicking game adds something different too.”
With that astute left foot comes experience.
Recruited by the Wests Tigers at 17 and blooded early, he spent four years with their NSW Cup side.
For the past two seasons he has crafted his game for the Wentworthville Magpies and chalked up 50 games in NSW Cup.
Williams was equally pleased to reveal that club captain Gavin Hiscox also signed on for another season.
Questions over whether Hiscox would run around next season were there but Williams convinced his key forward to go again.
"Gavin was a priority signing, I would have liked it to be our first re-signing but he has had a lot on the last couple of weeks,” he said.
"All the same it is a big boost. He is our reigning best forward in the club and our captain.
"He is just someone who is a great example on field of how other players should approach the game. He is tough, has a massive workload and plays above his weight.”
"We both agree lock is his best position. He actually grew up as a five-eighth so not having to do the first hit-up of the set will bring that out.”
Williams said he was all but done with his signings bar train and trial contracts.
"We are pleased to have it done so early. We are just about ready to go and the season isn't even over.”