Rothery has new lease of life for game

By AARON KELLY HE'S made more comebacks than basketball legend Michael Jordan, but this time around veteran gamebreaker Wade Rothery says the passion is back.

Rothery, 28, will play for the Comets in the 2006 Queensland Wizard Cup.

One of the stars so far in the Comets' pre-season training, which started last month, Rothery is refreshed and ready to go.

"It's been going really good and after a season off you do feel refreshed ? I'm keen as,'' he said.

After playing just two matches last season the classy centre announced his retirement before the Comets' 52-10 loss to Easts at Browne Park in round six.

But he could not stay away, making a cameo appearance for the CQU Norths Chargers in the CQ Extended League competition, which ultimately got the taste back.

Looking towards the 2006 season, the former Bronco has set himself goals of leading the Comets to a successful campaign and winning back a Queensland Country jersey next season.

One person that would love Rothery to achieve these feats is new Comets coach Matt Parish.

"He's been training the house down and leading the way,'' Parish said.

"There's no doubt he was sorely missed last season and players look up to someone like Wade.''

The Comets tackle Manly on February 4 and Cronulla on February 18 in a bumper pre-season program in 2006, headlined by the Cowboys and Broncos clash at Browne Park on February 11.

The Queensland Wizard Cup kicks-off in March.



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