Cowboy lasso longer

CENTRAL Comets players will be given a more direct link to the NRL after the North Queensland Cowboys yesterday extended their alignment with the Rock- hampton club for the next three seasons.

The partnership between the two clubs was further strengthened when Cowboys CEO Denis Keeffe was ap- pointed to the Comets board.

"We have been working alongside the Comets for sometime now and this will enable us to consolidate those links and provide some direct assistance into the future of rugby league in CQ,'' Keeffe said.

The revamped alignment will assist the Comets both on and off the field, with player development and marketing two key areas.

Keeffe stressed the Comets were not a feeder-club for their Queensland Cup rivals ? the Young Guns.

"We won't be taking Com- ets to play in the Queensland Cup,'' he said.

"CQ is a heartland of rug- by league and we need to be contributing to the region and this association will let us do just that.''

Since the inception in 2002, former Comets Jason Barsley and David Faiumu have made their NRL debuts for the Cowboys, while Rory Bromley has also moved north, but is yet to make his mark in the top grade.

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