Steere goes the extra mile

STRIKER Michael Steere is going to extraordinary lengths to continue his match-winning start to this year's Football Queensland State Cup competition.

Steere, 27, will join the Cougars' first away match in a top-ofthe-table showdown with the Sunshine Coast tonight.

Steere, who will carry a knee injury into this weekend's clash, has shown his team commitment this week.

After working a 12-hour night shift at the Kunwarara magnesite deposit, 70km north of Rockhampton, Steere arrived home at 8am yesterday morning and was straight down to Elizabeth Park for a training run with Cougars coach Justin Kilshaw.

He completed the same routine the day before while team-mate Tristan Fraser is another player who has put the team first by organising individual day training sessions during the Cougars' 2005 campaign.

"It just shows the benchmark that you need to have to play at this level,'' Steere said.

Kilshaw said Steere's dedication ahead of tonight's match against last year's semi-finalists was an inspiration.

"It really sets the tempo for the rest of the squad,'' Kilshaw said.

"Obviously, Michael (Steere) is a key player for us in a key game and when he is playing well, the Cougars are playing well.''

Kilshaw has made three changes to his squad from last weekend's impressive 5-0 win over Wide Bay.

Rockhampton goalkeeper Ben Blacker has earned a lucky reprieve after Gladstone's Roger Bailey was ruled out for two weeks with a groin injury and experienced defender Darren Jeffries returns to the backline in place of Cameron Draper.

Striker Nick Barker has also been added to the bench.

Tonight's double-header on the Sunshine Coast also features the Pine Rivers and Mount Isa clash.



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