Tame Penaia keen to meet Comets
PETER Penaia is the first person to admit his new job is "dangerous''.
Pouring beers at the Wynnum Manly Workers Club, the former Comets enforcer and self-confessed party animal continues to live life on the edge.
"It's a dangerous place for me to be,'' Penaia said yesterday.
The 125kg giant returns to Rockhampton's Browne Park tonight with the Wynnum Seagulls desperate to "clear his name''.
"I'm looking forward to playing against the boys ? they'll be after me,'' Penaia said.
Penaia admits trouble followed him during his two tumultuous seasons at the Comets.
From punching team-mate Trent Biles to fighting assault charges in court, Penaia said nothing could change the past.
"I've put everything behind me and really enjoy my footy down here,'' the 26-year-old said.
After recovering from a pre-season shoulder injury, Penaia found himself terrorising opposition in the Mixwell Cup and has since fought his way back into the Wynnum top side.
He will come off the bench in tonight's round 12 Queensland Wizard Cup match.
"That injury at the start of the year was a setback and I had to work hard to get back in the A-grade side,'' Penaia said. "It's hard to find a starting spot ? there are plenty of good players down here.''
Wynnum chief executive Mark Rockley admits it took the club "a little bit'' to tame the massive front-row recruit, but the Seagulls are now reaping the rewards.
"He gives us a good impact off the bench.