Former NRL player Darren Mapp will fit right in to the Comets’ colours next season.
Former NRL player Darren Mapp will fit right in to the Comets’ colours next season. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Comets can put faith in Mapp for success

RUGBY LEAGUE: If there is anyone who is going to lead the Central Comets to victory next year, bets on it’ll be Darren Mapp.
 
He has played the fields with Brisbane Broncos and Canberra Radars, swept the shores of Wales with the Celtic Crusaders, and now over a decade later Mapp returned home to Rockhampton.

The 29-year-old shows no regrets of his high profile career moves and only looks forward to his new start back in his old home town, where he stands proud with the Central Comets.

After the Comets’ impressive 2009 season of making it to the finals of the Queensland Cup for the first time, there is no mistake that Mapp can only add to the already prominent and growing strength of the club.

The second row centre player, who started throwing the ball around with local school team at St Brendan’s College, gained a scholarship with the Brisbane Broncos when he was just 15 that saw him eventually play in their NRL team.

After brushing his skills up with the Canberra Raiders and the Cornella Sharks he then played for the Celtic Crusaders but was deported along with former North Queensland Cowboy’s players Josh Hannay and Mark Dalle-Cort (second-tier team).

But Mapp, who returned not two months ago, sees it all as a blessing in disguise.

“We had visa problems and then we were deported. We had to basically pack up our whole life in 18 days and leave the UK,” he said.

“But I am happy to be back, I was a bit angry for what happened but I have moved on and am looking forward to the prospect of my future with the Comets.

“They have done so well and I didn’t really want to go anywhere else (except Rockhampton), because I am from here and it is good to be back home.”

With the 2010 season approaching and the Comets already hard at training, there is the call of a captain to be announced.

And leading a team to victory and strength is something that Mapp was quite familiar with when he was captain of the Crusaders in Wales.

“I had a leadership role over in the UK and I really enjoyed it,” he said.

With the tie between the Brisbane Broncos and the Central Comets there may be a future for the rugby star to get back into the NRL team.

“It would be nice (to play for the Broncos) but my main goal right now is with the Comets.”

The Comets kick their pre-season off next year with three tight weekends starting on February 13.

Mapp will take the field against the Mackay Cutters as the curtain-raiser game for his former team, the Brisbane Broncos, who face 2009 NRL champions Melbourne Storm at Browne Park.

“We have been training really hard, and I am really looking forward to getting back into it and start playing,” he said.
 


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