FOOTY FEVER: Comets flyer Tui McKenzie leaps into training.
FOOTY FEVER: Comets flyer Tui McKenzie leaps into training.

Comets spots up for grabs



CENTRAL Comets coach Matt Parish has put his entire squad on notice ? declaring "every spot is up for grabs'' in the buildup to this year's Queensland Wizard Cup.

Parish yesterday announced two preliminary squads for next week's opening trial games in Gladstone and Springsure.

The Comets tackle a Gladstone representative side on Friday night before they meet the Central Highlands on Saturday.

Parish said both games were a chance for players to impress before the 2006 season opener against Easts on March 11.

"At the end of the day, the boys are playing for positions.

"They're all up for grabs and we're just looking to build some momentum towards that opening round game,'' Parish said.

The new Comets mentor will cut his squad to 24 after next week's trials for the club's clash with last year's NRL finalists Manly at Rockhampton's Browne Park on February 4.

The Comets then host Cronulla on February 18.

Comets (v Gladstone) ? Wade Rothery, Mitchell Smith, Dallas Williams, McConkie Tauasa, Martin Hatfield, Darren Rodgers, Scott Briggs, Aaron Sweeney, Herewini Rangi, Kurt Cawdron, Grant Broadhurst, Mick Esdale, Tyron Haynes, Damien Howard, Leroy Wilson, Ben Shaw.

Comets (v Central Highlands) ? Jimmy McConachy, Clint Rothery, Guy Williams, Odell Manuel, Tui McKenzie, Mitch Wyatte, Denny Lambert, Peter Penaia, Luke Scott, Marty Oborne, Andrew Dale, Ryan Peters, Toby Wallace, Jade Wogand, Daniel Roberts, Yoren Major, Dean Loader.



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