Rookie on road to dream



AS LONG as Ryan Peters can remember, he has always been a Cowboys fan.

So after just a matter of seconds talking footy yesterday, it was hard to side-step his dreams of one day playing for the North Queensland Cowboys.

Peters, 19, will saddle up for the Central Queensland Comets this weekend in their Minniecon and Burke Pre-Season Challenge clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Rockhampton's Browne Park.

Growing up on the Central Highlands, Peters took his first steps in rugby league for the Emerald Cowboys at the age of 10.

He soon played his way into Central Queensland junior representative sides before he scored the biggest achievement in his young career by gaining selection in the Queensland Maroons under-19 team in 2004.

After arriving in Rockhampton last season, the talented backrower suffered a groin injury, which ended his 2005 campaign.

Peters, who opted for off-season surgery last September, has returned to the field with some unfinished business this season.

"My goals for this season are to cement a spot in the (Comets) 17 and see how it goes from there,'' Peters said.

"Long-term goals, I want to play for the Cowboys.''

Comets coach Matt Parish has been impressed with Peters' work ethic during the pre-season and has rewarded the former Emerald Cowboys junior with a spot in his 19-man squad for this weekend's trial against the Sharks.

Peters said it was another challenge on his mission to make his Queensland Wizard Cup debut for the Comets in 2006.

"It's a good experience for me to play against (NRL) clubs like that,'' Peters said.

"I've never trained as hard as I have this year and hopefully it pays off.''

Tickets for the final Minniecon and Burke Pre-Season Challenge match are on sale at Stockland Rockhampton.



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