Pearson aims to win State berth

ROCKHAMPTON Australian Football player Jory Pearson is putting in extra work to climb the representative ladder.

Pearson, 17, will join the Capricornia under-18 team in a trial game in Mackay today.

He hopes to gain South Queensland selection followed by Queensland Country honours.

The Glenmore Bulls player, standing at over 183cm, has been putting in the hard yards over the off-season training three nights a week for the past three months.

"I just wanted to concentrate more on my skills and marking,'' said Pearson, who has been playing this game for the past five seasons.

Pearson said he expects to start in the "guts'', filling the midfield role before possibly moving to the half-back flank.

Capricornia coach Brett Fragiacomo is looking foward to seeing Pearson in action, pleased with his young co-vice-captain's summer training program efforts.

"I can't remember him missing a session,'' Fragiacomo said. "He runs a fair bit.''

The final South Queensland selection is expected around February 6 following next weekend's final trial between the Wide Bay and Darling Downs regions.

South Queensland will then face North Queensland in a final Queensland Country trial at Rockhampton's Stenlake Park on Saturday, February 18.

Capricornia U18 team ? Jacob McLuskie (c), Matt Wallin, Daniel Watkin (Yeppoon), Jake Mostert (vc), Alex Totton, Craig Shippard, Justin Mountjoy, Matthew Dickenson, Nick Bull (BITS), Jory Pearson (vc), Tim Mackrill, Matt Conway, Dwayne Keiser, Zac Russell (Glenmore), Paul O'Shea, Trent Caroline, Cameron Stit, Josh Adams, Brent Scully (Brothers), Brendan Parnaby, Nathan Parnaby (Gladstone), Daniel Mill (Panthers).

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