Broncos playmaker Ben Hunt is not in the NRL squad but it is still not certain whether he will be released to play for the Comets at Burleigh.
Broncos playmaker Ben Hunt is not in the NRL squad but it is still not certain whether he will be released to play for the Comets at Burleigh. Bradley Kanaris

Comets wait on Hunt news

AFTER back-to-back victories team selection would appear to be a breeze for CQ Comets coach Wayne Barnett.

Consequently, naming the 17 to face the Burleigh Bears brought the expected “no change” from the coach.

That was yesterday morning but since then circumstances might require Barnett to have a re-think.

A possible catalyst for change was the announcement from the Broncos camp that the talented Ben Hunt had not been selected.

Hunt has been a regular this season with the Broncos but his place on the interchange has gone to another young talent, Corey Norman.

So the obvious question for Barnett was about the team list he issued and whether it had been updated by the coach.

Unfortunately, Barnett could cast little light on selections.

“That's interesting,” he said, “I've not had a phone call yet.

“It gives me a headache but if he is available then he is playing.”

Despite the 17 players named having done the job for the Comets it would be a mistake to ignore the quality of a player like Hunt who has been playing in the NRL.

Also one of the reasons for the Comets' existence is as a stepping stone up and down from the top level.

Not that Hunt is the only player who could yet be considered for the match at Burleigh.

“Mitchell Zornig may be added,” the coach said.

Barnett was also set to find out at training last night if Luke Dyer's injury had responded to treatment.

If it has then he too could be in the mix.

This time last year the Comets seemed to lose a player every week but that is not the case this time with Darren Mapp another who might come in for consideration.

Coming back from injury,

Mapp played in the club

competition at the weekend but while his performance was at an expected level, he did collect another injury.

Against Easts, Alan Rothery made a return to football after an enforced lay-off due to on-field indiscretions.

“He was a little bit rusty, short of a gallop,” was how Barnett summed it up.

Rothery was used sparingly by his coach but despite looking willing he did not make his usual impact.

Some of the “forgotten” squad members are also set to come in for consideration.

Junior Auru, who broke a toe in the season opener, is back jogging.

“He is just around the corner,” Barnett said.

Chris Beasley is another who should return to the squad next month.

This weekend the Comets are back on television, this time for the match against the Burleigh Bears.

“The hairdressers around town are loving it,” Barnett joked.

The main objective, as always, is collecting Intrust Super Cup competition points and Barnett and his players are aware a win on Saturday and then against bottom-placed Sunshine Coast will make prospects for the season very bright.



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