Do the work and you?ll play for Comets



CENTRAL Comets coach Matt Parish wants to make one thing very clear ahead of the Queensland Wizard Cup 2006 season kick-off ? there is an opportunity for local players if they're prepared to put in the effort.

The Comets yesterday announced two further signings, back-rowers Trent Horsey and Wayne Barnett, to bolster the club's depleted playing ranks.

Both players arrived in Rockhampton this week after leading Windsor to premiership glory in last year's Jim Beam Cup competition in Sydney.

Horsey, 24, is a ball-playing back-rower who has had stints with the Sydney Roosters, while 27-year-old Barnett is a former Junior Kiwi, renowned for his hard-working game. Parish said the new recruits would bring a strong work ethic to his squad, which has seen up to 17 players drop out for various reasons during the pre-season.

"Both are different styles and give us some depth that we lack at the moment,'' Parish said.

"I hear a lot of people saying that the local guys haven't been given an opportunity ? but that isn't the case.

"The opportunity has been there for them but some players don't want to do the hard work for success.''

Horsey and Barnett could make their Comets debut as early as next weekend's season opener against the Easts Tigers, with halfback Denny Lambert (hamstring) and lock Tyron Haynes (hand) still nursing injuries.

Parish will announce his opening round side on Tuesday.



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