JUGGLING SCHEDULE: Tristan Fraser is back to boilermakering on day shift at Hastings Deering.
JUGGLING SCHEDULE: Tristan Fraser is back to boilermakering on day shift at Hastings Deering.

Fraser back in Cougars training fold

By RACHAEL BORICH

ROCKHAMPTON midfielder Tristan Fraser is back in the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Cougars team training fold, but was grateful a niggling injury cut short his impromptu aerobics session this week.

Fraser, 24, pulled out of aerobics after suffering a cork in his lower back during the Cougars' 2-1 win over Whitsunday at Ryan Park last Saturday.

"A few of them were getting into it fully,'' Fraser said. Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw said Fraser pulled out after about 10 minutes.

"He didn't have a clue,'' Kilshaw joked.

Fraser has only been able to attend team training every second week during the Football Queensland State Cup campaign, relying on individual morning sessions with Kilshaw in alternate weeks.

"During the day I just do fitness work, ball skills and shooting practice ? keeping up with the boys when we train together is pretty hard,'' Fraser said.

Juggling work commitments has forced Fraser to mainly start on the bench during the campaign, but he welcomed 90 minutes game time last weekend. "It was the first time since the Wesley Hall Cup final (September 3) so I was a bit sore and tired,'' said Fraser, who started at right back, the first time he has slotted into that position since his under-6 playing days.

Kilshaw is expected to name his starting team for Saturday night's home semi-final against Far North Queensland at tonight's final training run.

The Cougars coach remains concerned about a side strain to midfielder Roy Bob.



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