From Cowboys to Capras: Beetham is ready to give it all
CLIFFORD Beetham's smile says it all.
The 20-year-old arrived in Rockhampton yesterday excited to join the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras for the 2014 Intrust Super Cup.
With the blessing of his family, former Cairns local Beetham arrived in the Beef Capital intent on playing in Australia's second best rugby league competition after a couple of seasons playing in the National Youth Competition for the North Queensland Cowboys.
"My family said 'whatever you want to do, we're going to be there to support you' so I had a good think about it and I thought 'I'm going to take this opportunity'," Beetham said.
"I wanted to give it a shot to see where I stood and here I am."
A halfback, Beetham has tested his arm against Intrust Super Cup sides Northern Pride and premiers Mackay Cutters in trial matches, but was eager to tackle the rigours of playing at that level on a weekly basis.
Papua New Guinean-born Beetham grew up in the Torres Strait Islands before moving to Cairns as a teen to join the Cowboys.
A member of the Northern Pride academy, Beetham caught the eye of Capras CEO Denis Keeffe who sounded the youngster out for a possible berth at the Capras in 2014.
Last season he played in the Cairns and District Rugby League competition for Brothers against fellow new Capras recruit Theeran "Packy" Pearson whom he was looking forward to linking with.
With star five-eighth Brent Crisp unavailable until May, and with 2013 halfback Dean Blackman joining the Redcliffe Dolphins, Beetham's arrival is a timely one for Capras coach Jason Hetherington.
"He plays in the halves, he plays dummy half so it's good that he's versatile," Hetherington said.
"We're thickening our depth up which is a good thing because last year we struggled in that department.
"Cliffy has been through a good system at the Cowboys for a couple of seasons so he's going to be real handy for us."