Trial form?s what counts
GAME ON: Manly Premier League coach and former international, Geoff Toovey, arrived in Rockhampton late yesterday for tonight's clash with the Central Comets. Picture by LUKE MARSDEN. lm3/206/6RUGBY LEAGUE ? WITH Manly's prize recruit Matt Orford guaranteed first crack at the No.7 jersey, Queenslander Travis Burns knows trial form counts for something this weekend. Burns, 21, touched down in Rockhampton with the Sea Eagles late yesterday on a mission to cement an NRL berth. The Texas product, who is preparing for a three-way battle with former skipper Michael Monaghan and Michael Witt to partner Orford in the halves this season, will line up at halfback in tonight's Minniecon and Burke Pre-Season Challenge against the Central Comets at Browne Park. After arriving at the Sea Eagles from Cronulla last season, Burns impressed for Manly's Premier League side and went on to make his NRL debut in round 18 against Penrith. Burns, who lived with new Comets prop Marty Oborne when playing at the Sharks, said he was looking forward to putting his first-grade credentials on the line this weekend. "I've been really happy with how I've trained and it's really up to how we trial now,'' said Burns, who will have family from Biloela in the grandstand tonight. Manly Premier League coach Geoff Toovey said Burns, along with his halves partner tonight, Clint Halden, were future stars and had an opportunity to press for NRL selection. The Sea Eagles, who wrapped up preparations for tonight's clash at Brookvale yesterday, launch their NRL campaign at home against Canberra on March 11. Manly centre Paul Stephenson was a late withdrawal yesterday through injury.