Comets turn to former shooting star Alberts



THE CENTRAL Comets will give former Manly centre Ashley Alberts "time and space'' before throwing him a lifeline.

Injuries and homesickness forced Alberts to return home last week ? walking out on a two-year contract estimated to be $200,000 a season.

A former Australian schoolboy, Alberts was regarded as the NRL's hottest young talent two years ago.

Comets coach Matt Parish yesterday said the club would be keen to get Alberts, who enjoyed a short stint at the Comets in 2004.

"We're always interested in quality players,'' Parish said.

"A player of his calibre, we would love to sit down and have a chat with him.''

Still on a high following Saturday night's record-breaking win over Burleigh, Parish is confident matchwinning props Peter Penaia and Aaron Sweeney will be available for this weekend's clash with Redcliffe.

Both players were put on report for high tackles against the Bears.



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