Parish to lead Comets' congregation

By AARON KELLY

THE ARRIVAL of new Central Comets coach Matt Parish is already reaping benefits for 2006.

Parish, 37, embarked on his fleeting recruitment mission in Rockhampton yesterday in preparation for next year's Queensland Wizard Cup campaign.

The appointment of the former Balmain hard man, who replaces the departing Neale Crow, has made an immediate impact, with the club set to announce "two big'' signings tomorrow.

Both are front-rowers with NRL experience and will assume leadership roles next season.

However, Parish is still aware of the tough task ahead from turning the club around from wooden spooners to a competitive force.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge,'' said Parish, who returns to his post at The Entrance next week chasing four straight Jim Beam Cup grand finals.

"We're not making any bold statements ? there's plenty of hard work ahead.''

Parish will be a keen spectator for the Comets' round 21 clash with Ipswich at Browne Park on Saturday night and the Rockhampton Local League grand finals on Sunday.

With two games left, Parish hopes the club can set the platform for next season.



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