Former Comet feels for old team
RUGBY LEAGUE By AARON KELLY ? HIGH-FLYING Redcliffe Dolphins fullback Ryan Cullen says the mass turnover of players at the Central Comets is the catalyst behind his former club's 2005 capitulation.
Cullen said yesterday he was not surprised by the Comets' winless start to this year's Queensland Wizard Cup as he prepares to take on his former club for the first time at Dolphin Oval on Sunday.
"I don't really know what's going on up there,'' said Cullen, who spent the last two seasons at the Comets.
"You can't really build a new team each year and expect to do well.''
Cullen, who boasts a scoring rate of a try-a-game during the opening eight rounds for the Dolphins, said he was looking forward to catching up with some of his former teammates after the match, but admitted he was unsure how many remained in Comets colours this season.
"I think there are only seven players left from last year,'' Cullen said.
"But they'll get there ? they've got some good young players coming through at the club.''
Under fire Comets coach Neale Crow has made wholesale changes after Sunday night's disappointing 28-all draw against Souths Logan.
Youngsters Trent McKinlay, Mitch Wyatte and the in-form Adam Geddes, who scored six tries for Rockhampton Brothers on Sunday, join a fit Tui McKenzie named in an extended 18-man squad yesterday.
In another blow for the club, halfback Aoterangi Herangi has a suspected broken hand.
Comets: (squad) Mark Henry (c), Ron Craig, Matt Hill, Dallas Williams, Trent McKinlay, Tui McKenzie, Mitch Wyatte, Adam Geddes, Guy Williams, Kurt Cawdron, Mick Esdale, Kane Hardy, Fili Sofa, Todd Brandon, Grant Broadhurst, Herewini Rangi, Toby Wallace, John Bidgood. Coach: Neale Crow.