VIDEO: Capras Pre-season training gets underway next week
THERE continues to be positive signs, and signings, from the Capras camp.
This week the club inked the signature of Adam Henry, the six game NRL player with the Sydney Roosters and Bradford Bulls winger in the UK Super League.
Henry has the size and pace Capras coach Kim Williams is seeking in the outside backs, and can also cover five eighth and centre.
And yesterday, the Capras unveiled three new faces.
Joining the club from Melbourne is 20 year-old centre Brandon Manase, Vic Halfpenny, a 22 year-old second row from Merimbula, playing in the Group 16 NSW Country Rugby League and 26-year-old lock, Jordan Kane from Christchurch in New Zealand.
It will take some acclimatising for Kane. Literally. When he boarded the plane in New Zealand bound for Rocky it was minus one degree. When he got off the plane it was 35 degrees.
"I am going to have to sweat it out," Kane joked.
"But this is a great opportunity for me. I am really looking forward to going further with my game and playing high level rugby league in Queensland.
"There is more structure in the game here. In New Zealand, it is a bit crash and bash."
Originally UK bound, Kane was recommended by super scout and former Auckland Warriors coach, Frank Endacott.
"Frank rates Jordan highly," Williams said.
"He is a quality player and a great signing for us.
"No doubt he is a bit out of his comfort zone given the 30 plus degrees difference over here. But I don't mind recruiting those type of players. I know they will put in."
And Manase has been reunited with his old mentor. Williams coached him in the under 15s Victorian state team.
"I hope I can bring my strong ball running skills to the Capras," Manase said.
"I played under Kim before, I have known him since I was 14.
"He was a bit skinny back then," Williams laughed.
"But he always had the frame and the skills and now he has bulked up to 95 kilograms. He is fast and he is strong. Brandon has put a lot on the line to be here and I know I will get the best out of him."
And Williams was also full of praise for the third signing, Halfpenny.
"Vic has a huge work ethic," Williams said.
"He might have come from the rugby league wilderness a bit on the south coast of NSW but I know his family well. They are high quality people and Vic is exactly the type of player we want at this club."
And in another exciting development, the first four players have been signed into the Capras rookie program.
St Brendan's Jace O'Neil, Norths' CJ Clarke, TCC's Caleb Tull and Mal Meninga Cup's Lyndsay Jarett.
The four players will begin pre-season training with the Capras senior squad next Tuesday.
"It is great to get these young, local talented players on board," Williams said.