Capras set their sights prize and enter pre-season training
IT'S RECRUITMENT mission complete for Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras coach Jason Hetherington.
He and fellow coaching staff have had the chance to run their eye over the 2015 Intrust Super Cup squad as the players launch into their gruelling pre-season training - and they like what they see.
"I'm very excited," Hetherington said yesterday.
"We've got a good solid squad and everyone is going really well.
"They're full of energy, full of excitement and anticipation."
Perennial battlers in recent seasons, the Capras are determined to break into the ISC finals series for the first time in six years.
The club last featured in the finals in 2009, but stumbled at the final hurdle.
It's been a lean run of late but the club has set about rebuilding its stocks in the areas most needed.
An integral part of that rebuilding is a dedicated drive to bring home-grown talent back to the fold and recruiting players with experience in the NRL or NRL feeder programs.
Hetherington said the skill and leadership qualities of players like Matt Minto were vital for the Capras going forward.
Minto, who won an ISC title with Mackay, has had stints at Penrith and the Bulldogs under-20 programs, and most recently a season with the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.
"Matt's a winner. Success follows him," Hetherington said. "It was really good to get the likes of him and Javarn White.
"The strength of our club is going to be these guys - CQ boys at heart who are passionate about the region."
White, the former Norths Chargers speedster and ex-Ipswich Jets star, will be joined by former Melbourne Storm playmaker Russell Aitken, who is expected to steer the club around the park.
Youthful forwards Nathan Young and Jarrod Earle are returning to the club and will join veteran Andrew Dale in the Capras engine room.
Young is returning from a stint in the Holden Cup with the Melbourne Storm while former Queensland under-16 representative and powerlifting monster Jarrod Earle makes his return to league. The players will have a break from their pre-season training program over Christmas and New Year before setting their sights on an ISC trial match against Sunshine Coast Falcons in February.