Comets draw more talent from Brits
RUGBY LEAGUE: The way things are going our local Queensland Cup team will be named the Celtic Comets.
Yesterday the Central Queensland Comets introduced their new signing Chris Beasley, another player with links to United Kingdom team Celtic Crusaders.
Beasley joins the likes of Ian Webster, Aaron Summers and Darren Mapp as a player with experience at the Super League club.
Another link Beasley shares with Webster is that they were recently team-mates in the Wales side that won the European Cup.
Also like Webster he made the choice to represent Wales, gaining qualification through family members.
“I qualified through my dad (Steve),” he said.
The big forward said playing in the European Cup was an eye-opener, especially playing a match in Serbia.
“It wasn’t the best opposition,” he admitted.
Wales clocked up a massive score, but it was not the game that left the biggest impression on him.
“There were still bombed buildings,” he reflected saying that was despite the war ending over five years previous.
However, Beasley admits he was not actually born into a rugby league family, his father not being a great sportsman, but he was brought up in the rugby league environment of New South Wales.
“I played under-20s with the Roosters and then played at Wests Tigers,” Beasley said.
Following that, the second-rower took off to Europe and played a year in France before signing on with the Celtic Crusaders.
“I’ve been with the Crusaders for four years,” he said.
Beasley joined the Crusaders in pre-Super League times and has witnessed the changes at the club and on the international scene with Wales.
“When I first started we were getting about 900 (watching), now it is about 6500,” he said.
During his time at the Crusaders Beasley has amassed more than 70 appearances for the club, although not all those games were while the team was in the top level.
The club’s most recent move has been from its traditional base at Bridgend, where he has lived, to Wrexham in North Wales.
So what will Beasley bring to the Queensland Cup and the Comets in particular?
“It is hard assessing yourself,” he admitted. “I’m a good workhorse and a strong defender, I do play for the full 80 minutes.”
He said having his roots in New South Wales meant he knew little about the Queensland Cup apart from what team-mates told him.
While looking forward to his first training session with his new team-mates, Beasley, and Webster, look forward to playing more international football.
“In October/November we play off for the fourth spot of the Four Nations,” the 26-year old said.
“We are in the same group as Lebanon and Italy, while the other group is tougher with Ireland, Scotland and France.”
Comets CEO Scott Minto has no doubt that in Beasley the club has gained another quality player to add to the squad.