Capras coach John Harbin.
Capras coach John Harbin. File

Must do right by clubs: Harbin

JOHN Harbin is the main link between the Capras of yesteryear and the team entering the 2012 Intrust Super League.

He sees an important catalyst for success in the years to come as the local Central Queensland clubs.

"I think it is all about doing the right things by the clubs," he said.

In pre-season training the Capras have had between 40 and 50 players trying out for spots in the team and now is the time when he, as head coach, has to make difficult decisions about who stays and who returns to club football.

"We released a group on Thursday," he said, "we had a little talk to them and told them what parts of their game they need to work on. We will have members of the coaching staff watching their progress throughout the season.

"I am sorry for the players we have had to let go as they have all worked hard."

Harbin is under no illusion that the better quality the Rockhampton competition is, the better it will be for the Capras.

Hopes are high the local league competition will extend by attracting teams from the west with Biloela placing a written application to the Rockhampton board.

Harbin has kept contact with local club presidents to update them with progress of the Capras and club players who have been a part of the Capras training squad.

The official release of the names in the Capras main squad will be made after the game on February 11 after the Capras play the CQ indigenous All Stars at Browne Park. The curtain-raiser to that match will be a Rockhampton v Gladstone match.

"All the players who have been training with the Capras will be represented," he said. The only ones not to be considered will be those carrying an injury.

While yet to release the final names of the squad, Harbin said it would be about 70% local players including a large number of indigenous players.

"We will have the largest indigenous contingent in the state," he said.

The 2012 squad promises to be a mixture of raw talent from the local scene, players who have gained experience with the Comets and outside players desperate for a lifeline in the state competition and the exposure it provides for making the next level.

The coach said apart from the support from the public he has had "good luck" messages from outside the state, including Neil Vea Vea in Darwin and Dallas Waters of NSW Country, Richard Duff and Graham White.

Harbin insists that under the Capras system there will be benefits for coaches like Lionel Harbin, Kane Hardy and Justin Loomans plus people wishing to make progress in other areas of football such as the medical team.

"We have to make sure there are local people ready to carry on with the Capras," he said.

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