Parish settles on strong trial squad



? THE Central Queensland Comets are planning on taking full advantage of their new attacking weapons in this weekend's trial against Manly.

The Comets host the Sea Eagles at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Saturday night.

Comets coach Matt Parish yesterday announced a strong 23-man squad for the club's annual clash with last year's NRL finalists.

"We've trained pretty hard and this will be a good test for us to see where we're at,'' Parish said.

"We'll be testing players in different positions ? they're all still competing for spots.''

The Comets come into the match in hot form after strong trial performances last weekend against Gladstone and Central Highlands sides ? racking up an impressive 122 points in their two wins.

Parish said his team must continue to improve.

"That's the most important thing against Manly, improvement from last weekend.''

Manly arrive in Rockhampton tomorrow with a squad boasting plenty of speed in the backline and size up-front.

Quick-stepping fullback Willie Bishop, centres Paul Stephenson and former Comet Ashley Alberts, along with new recruit Michael Robertson are players to watch outwide, while big forwards George Rose and Sione Finefeuiaki will be out to impress, according to Parish.

Parish said the match-up outwide should be a highlight. The Comets will be boosted by the inclusion of prized signing Odell Manuell, while local products Mitchell Smith and Dallas Williams, who are both coming off hat-tricks last weekend, will be keen to continue their early try-scoring form.



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