Lambert: Dale will be playing in NRL
CENTRAL Queensland Comets halfback Denny Lambert has given his seal of approval to co-captain Andrew Dale, declaring the foward enforcer is destined for a career in the NRL.
Lambert, 25, and Dale, 23, were named Comets co-captains yesterday ahead of today's opening round Queensland Wizard Cup clash against the Easts Tigers at Langlands Park in Brisbane.
In his first season at the Rockhampton club, Lambert was honoured and excited by yesterday's appointment and believes his fellow leader will become one of the most feared players in this year's competition.
"I was told when I first got here that if this guy gets fit he could be anything,'' said Lambert, who will carry a hamstring injury into today's season opener.
"I don't want to pump up his tyres, but the way he's (Dale) been going I can't see him being here next year ? he'll be playing in the NRL.''
Dale's rise to the captaincy position is no surprise with the Browne Park crowd favourite enjoying a bumper pre-season.
Comets coach Matt Parish said both players were natural-born leaders, on and off the field.
"They're well-respected by their team-mates, supporters and the board,'' Parish said.
The Comets completed preparations last night with ball control, discipline and self-belief the key topics of discussion.
"We can't except playing well, we've got to win games.
"If we can improve on the Young Guns effort (in Mackay) we'll win,'' a quietly-confident Parish said.
Lambert agreed: "If we can compete for 80 minutes against any side, we'll be in the top-five.