Player eyes our talent

AUSTRALIAN Football is gradually entrenching itself across the border giving Central Queensland players a chance to realise their football dreams.

Former Glenmore Bulls junior Gavin Urquhart, now in Brisbane, is one former Rockhampton player to reach new heights gaining inclusion in last year's All-Australian under-18 team.

Speaking to The Morning Bulletin in Rockhampton yesterday, former Brisbane Lions player Craig McRae envisions more Queenslanders making the top grade:

"It's now recognised that Queensland can produce some quality footballers, but it's still a challenge ahead.

"We're on the verge of Queensland's most successful era and regional areas are getting greater opportunities now to show that talent.''

McRae is in Rockhampton for two reasons ? to launch Capricornia's involvement in the Brisbane Lions Cup and to take a close look at the Queensland Country under-18 trials at Rockhampton today.

The former Brisbane Lions player is the Queensland under-18 coach and turned down an offer as Lions assistant coach to help further develop the State's young players.

McRae played 195 games for the Lions (formerly Brisbane Bears) after arriving from the Glenelg Tigers in Adelaide.

He said the good weather and "fantastic'' people have kept him from returning south.

The Queensland Country trials start at 4pm at Stenlake Park today.

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