Rangi re-signs for Comets
By AARON KELLY
THE Central Comets have declared hard-running forward Herewini Rangi could be the man to resurrect the club next season, and beyond.
The Comets yesterday received a massive boost ahead of today's Queensland Wizard Cup Round 16 clash against Easts at Brisbane's Langlands Park, with the former New Zealand Warrior re-signing for 2006.
Comets chief executive Jamie Boon said the re-signing of Rangi was the perfect start to the club's recruitment and retention drive for next season.
Boon said it was a step in the right direction, given the attraction Rangi, nicknamed "H'' by his team-mates, had received from several of the competition's bigger-spending clubs.
"H has played in every game for the club this season and has been an outstanding competitor,'' Boon said.
"He has been a good role model for the younger guys in the club in the sense that he is a true professional in the way he applies himself to training and playing.''
Rangi, still only 21, said he was looking forward to finishing the season on a strong note.
"I am extremely pleased to be staying with the club for another season,'' he said.
"I have confidence that our side will improve in the future and I am happy to have the opportunity to play for the Comets again in the Queensland Cup.''
Rangi said the Comets' NRL alignment with the Cowboys was a one of many factors in his decision to stay at Browne Park.
"The support of the local people here in Central Queensland is fantastic even though we aren't playing as well as everybody would like,'' he said.
"Our club has a lot of talented young players and I am sure that with the recruitment of some experienced players that the supporters will have something to cheer about next season.''
The comets play their 200th Queensland Cup game against the Tigers today.
One of the founding clubs of the competition, the Comets, formerly known as the Capras, have 65 wins, nine draws and 125 losses.