Comets play for pride or contract
IT WILL be a test of character for the CQ Comets and coach Wayne Barnett as changes are likely for the future with the nucleus of the team possibly playing their final game at the club.
Already Dallas Williams and Nat Bowman have signalled they are not prepared to go around again and others are certain to follow for one reason or another.
Consequently Barnett has challenged his players to look seriously at what they do in today's match at Redcliffe.
“We mentioned at training that they can either look at this game as the season wind-down or they look upon it as the first game of next season,” he said.
Many of the players are on display as they seek contracts for 2012 either with the Comets or other Queensland Cup clubs.
“The club (Comets) is going to talk to the players, let them know we are interested,” Barnett said.
The coaching position for 2012 has yet to be settled with Barnett putting in a late application for the position.
“We expect to hear something during the next three weeks,” he said.
Another incentive for some of the players is today's opponent, Redcliffe, one of the powerhouses of the competition.
The Dolphins have been one of the top sides for many years and usually make it through to the finals, if not going all the way to the grand final.
Consequently they are the team players they want to play against and, if possible, beat especially at Redcliffe's ground.
Barnett said the Dolphins deserve their success.
“They have everything going for the club,” he said.
“It is a good location (to attract players), a proud tradition, a good old boys' network and strong leadership from the club CEO to the captain of the football team.”
Perhaps that is why Redcliffe has been able to develop and foster a winning culture that is the envy of most of the clubs in the competition.
One player in the Comets line-up who will be looking for a big game is Nick Kenny.
The powerful Broncos forward has not had the best of seasons, but will want to put together a dominant display against a strong opponent to remind Anthony Griffin and the rest of the coaching staff that he is fit and ready to play.
“Nick has another year on his contract,” Barnett said.
“He will be wanting to do the work behind the scenes and could even get called up during the finals.”