Bruce beefs up training
By DARRYN NUFER
IF ATTITUDE is any guide, Steve Bruce is a name you will hear a lot more of in 2006.
While most of us are tucking into a few more amber ales and Christmas turkey at this time of year, the 19-year-old is feasting on a diet of fitness drills and gym work, three days a week respectively.
It's all part of being a Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans squad member.
Their focus is fixed squarely on next year's revamped Queensland Country Championships, with pre-season training already underway.
Rockhampton will join Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs and the Gold Coast in a roundrobin series of three home-andaway games, with one bye, starting in February.
There are no finals with the top team crowned champions. For Bruce, an exciting young halfback talent, the champion- ships are an opportunity to prove that he can take his game to the next level.
After his debut season with the Brahmans open squad in 2005, the Dawson Valley Drovers A-grade product has his eyes on a bigger prize.
"I'd like to make the Queensland Country open side,'' Bruce said.
"I made the Country 19s this year and I want to step up to that next level of footy.''
The former Rockhampton Grammar student credits Drovers' senior brigade, including Jamie Blyton and Joel Johnston, for his development.
Bruce said he had also learned a lot under his Brahmans mentor Tom Moore.