Serious commitment just for the love of it
IN THE sporting world, coaches will attest that attitude and commitment are two key ingredients that make a special player.
If that's the case, expect to hear a lot more of Chris Weeden in 2006.
Weeden is, literally, "driving'' towards a bumper return with the Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans in this year's Queensland Country Championships.
Working as a field service officer for Hastings Deering in Baralaba, Weeden has impressed Brahmans coaching staff with his attitude and commitment to training.
A normal day in the life of the hard-working breakaway starts with a 12-hour shift in Baralaba from 5am, car trip back to Rockhampton for two hours of training, home for a feed and then up to do it all over again at 3.30 the next morning.
"He puts a lot of time and effort into his footy,'' Brahmans coach Tom Moore said.
"All these blokes do it for fun, not money.''
The 22-year-old, originally from Moranbah, has arrived home in Central Queensland after two seasons in Townsville.
He last played for the Brahmans in 2003 before he suffered a serious knee injury when playing club rugby for Brothers, which resulted in a knee reconstruction.
Weeden said all the effort during the pre-season would pay dividends when the Brahmans open their campaign against the Darling Downs in Toowoomba on February 25.
"We'll give it a good shot this year,'' Weeden said.
Moore is preparing to finalise a 30-man squad next week for the Brahmans' only trial game in Mackay on February 11.
Rockhampton's first home game is against the Gold Coast on March 11.