Cowboy?s eye on Comets
JASON Barsley, David Faiumu, Mark Henry ... who is next?
North Queensland Cowboys chief executive Peter Parr was in Rockhampton last night to praise the Central Comets for a muchimproved start to this year's Queensland Wizard Cup.
In the first year of a new twoyear alignment with the NRL frontrunners, Parr said several Comets players, along with coach Matt Parish, had caught the eye of Cowboys officials.
"We've proved in the past that players will be given an opportunity,'' said Parr, now a director of the Comets after taking over from Denis Keeffe.
"If they play some good footy they'll be given an opportunity.''
Parr said last year's Comets captain, Young Guns centre Mark Henry, was the perfect example.
Henry was the 18th man in Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Newcastle and is on the verge of making his NRL debut.
Parr said the Comets had to "learn to crawl before they walk'' but had already shown some promising results during the opening six rounds.
"From a Cowboys point of view, we're quite happy with how the Comets are going,'' Parr said.
"We were struggling when I first started at the Cowboys in 2002 but through a lot of hard work from a lot of people we've been able to change the fortunes of the club and we've got the same people at the Comets.''
Parr said the Cowboys were riding high after an unbeaten start to the season but were still focused on building and developing grass roots rugby league in Central Queensland.
"The Comets and Central Queensland have been very good to the Cowboys,'' said Parr, highlighting the newly established Cowboys Junior Academy Programs in Rockhampton and the Central Highlands.