New Comets go forward

By AARON KELLY

FAMILY men Grant Wooden and Adam McEwen are determined to give the Central Comets a new image in 2006.

The Comets launched their recruitment drive for next year's Queensland Wizard Cup with yesterday's signing of the forward enforcers.

"Both of them are not only good players, but good blokes off the field,'' new Comets coach Matt Parish said.

The Central Coast products have more than 60 NRL games between them and arrive in Rockhampton with young families. Parish said the big front-rowers would undertake leadership roles on and off the field next season.

"We're focused on signing quality, not quantity, to work with the young talent with already got at the club,'' Parish said.

Wooden, 26, played three games for Wynnum in this year's Queensland Wizard Cup before linking with Erina in the Jim Beam Cup.

The former Manly prop, nicknamed Squasher for his punishing defence, was one of the main destroyers in Wynnum's 28-10 win over the Comets in Brisbane in round two.

McEwen, 29, also arrives from the Jim Beam Cup having played under Parish at The Entrance since ending his NRL career with South Sydney in 1998.

McEwen said experience and guidance were two factors he and Wooden brought to the club.

Parish and the club's two new recruits will be keen spectators at tonight's final home game against Ipswich at Browne Park.

Parish attended training this week and was impressed with the positive attitude in the camp.



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