Comets grab ex-NRL player
If the Central Queensland Comets had a problem with a position in the centres then Josh Bishop reckons he is the man to fill it.
At just 20 years of age Bishop is a tall, solid player with a good football pedigree and is still hungry for success.
That being his background, why has he left an NRL club to seek recognition with a Queensland Cup team?
“The Bulldogs let me go as they said I was injury-prone,” was Bishop’s honest answer.
Having started playing with Wests, the young player moved to the Canterbury Bulldogs where he established himself in the club’s Toyota Cup team.
“Last season I suffered a couple of hamstring tears,” he said.
Although let go by the Bulldogs, Bishop only has praise for the club and rates their chances for success in 2010 highly.
“They look real good, they have recruited really well,” the young footballer observed.
Bishop certainly looks fit and puts his problems down to not making stretching exercises one of his priorities, a mistake he is not keen to make again during his football career.
Having landed in Rockhampton on Sunday, his arrival being at the same time as the bad weather, Bishop is yet to see the best of the area.
“I’ve not been to Rockhampton before, I came up north once with Wests,” he said.
Making the decision to come up this way was brought about through Comets chief executive officer Scott Minto.
“I am a friend of Scotty’s nephew,” he said.
“He said they (the Comets) were looking for an outside back.”
Firstly, Bishop had to satisfy the Comets management that he had what they were looking for.
DVDs were sent to the Comets and then an invitation to come north sent to Bishop.
“They wanted to see how they would use me,” he added.
Minto then organised a job for the player with club sponsor Powder Coaters where he works alongside the firm’s manager, and Comets fan, Stephen Ryan.
Bishop has had few chances to gel with team-mates yet, but has been quite impressed with what he has seen to date.
“They have a fairly good roster.
“There are some big fellas,” Bishop noted.
While welcoming the opportunity to play Queensland Cup, Bishop still has an eye for an NRL place, something he could achieve with the Comets providing a path to the Broncos.
“Scotty talked to me about that,” he said.
“He’s told me to put my head down, work hard for the team and just let things happen.”
Good advice, but first the newcomer has to cement a place in the Comets team, something he can’t wait to do.
Bishop said he’d get a run in the team for the trial match against Mackay Cutters.
The young footballer is in little doubt about what he can bring to his new club.
“I see myself as a bit of a hole runner,” he said.
“Also in defence I provide aggression.”
The big centre hopes that game, curtain-raiser to the Storm against Broncos match, will be a double celebration as the date for that match, February 13, is also his 21st birthday.