Barnett and Horsey are new Comets? weapons



IF CLUB loyalty is any guide, the Central Comets are on a winner with hardworking lock Wayne Barnett.

Barnett, 28, will join the Comets' tough round three Queensland Wizard Cup assignment when they travel to Dolphin Oval tomorrow to face Redcliffe.

Barnett, who spent 12 straight seasons at Manurewa in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup before moving to Australia, signed a two-year deal with the Comets earlier this month.

Arriving at Browne Park from the Jim Beam Cup competition in NSW with Windsor teammate Trent Horsey, a determined Barnett has been the unsung hero of the Comets' forward pack in the opening rounds.

"My goal is to make the top-four and hopefully we can take it from there,'' Barnett said.

A plumber by trade, Barnett is a late bloomer in rugby league circles ? breaking through for his first representative duties with the New Zealand A side when he was 20.

"I never made a rep side until I was 20years-old and it's all come to fruition in the last couple of years,'' said Barnett, who was named player of the final in Windsor's Jim Beam Cup premiershipwinning side last year.

Barnett has been impressed with the standard of the Queensland Wizard Cup, highlighted by last weekend's gutsy 36-22 triumph over Burleigh and is confident the Comets can record back-to-back wins against Redcliffe.

"It's a step-up and there are more quality players around you,'' he said.



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