Aiming to keep No.6

Callum Klein in action.
Callum Klein in action. Warren Lynam

DARREN Lockyer had Tonie Carroll, and Cliff Lyons had Steve Menzies. Now Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles five-eighth Callum Klein wants to form a lethal right-side partnership with big bopper Kristian Wanka.

Klein has been given first crack at the Sea Eagles No.6 jersey this year and says he wants to make the playmaking role his own with the help of 187cm, 103kg second-rower Wanka.

The Sea Eagles faltered in their first game of the Intrust Super Cup season last weekend when they went down to the Central Capras 40-22 in Rockhampton.

Klein, 21, said he was determined to get his hands on the ball against the Souths-Logan Magpies at Sunshine Coast Stadium tomorrow and would be looking for Wanka to be running off his hip.

"I love it - it's my best position," Klein said of the chance to play at five-eighth. "I feel like I should be playing there and not in the centres. My brother (Rowan) is a better centre than me.

"I've got a big second-rower this year in Kristian Wanka - he's come up from Wynnum. If I can get him running off me, running into holes, that'll be good."

Klein played some time at centre for the Sea Eagles last year but said he was most at home in the halves, where he spent most of his time at junior level.

He will form a right-side combination with Wanka, twin brother and centre Rowan and exciting winger Dale Middleton.

The Sea Eagles started out positively enough against the Capras, skipping out to a 10-0 lead before fading in the central Queensland heat.

Klein said the Sunshine Coast players were guilty of dropping their intensity after the opening 15 minutes.

"(Coach Dave Cordwell) sat us down and said what we produced wasn't good enough," Klein said.

"We've addressed it during the week and we have to up the ante."

Klein said he was feeling fit and confident despite having knee surgery at the tail end of last season.

He suffered a season-ending injury in August last year when he tore the meniscus in his knee against the Magpies.

After playing three trials and against the Capras, Klein said he was feeling no ill effects and just wanted to rack up as much game time as possible.

"I've had three pre-season games. I've done all that, getting back on the park, and I've got it under my belt now," he said.




Tomorrow, Sunshine Coast

Stadium, 2pm

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