New Cougars player Sam Fisk is ready for Hyundai QSL action as soon as he gains his clearance.
New Cougars player Sam Fisk is ready for Hyundai QSL action as soon as he gains his clearance. Sharyn Oneill

Fisk's experience to help Cougars

At 23 years of age, Sam Fisk would not be expected to have much more experience than young local footballers but as the Cougars' English import points out he is used to playing almost three times the number of matches each season compared with Queensland players.

Fisk arrived in Rockhampton yesterday, with girlfriend Katie Ainscow, and is ready to try and help the Cougars improve their position in the Hyundai QSL.

The young fullback was not greeted by just a group of strangers but also a friend – teammate Bryce Ruthven.

“We played together for Sydney University,” Fisk said.

That was on his first trip to Australia but since then he has played with English club Whitehawk.

Fisk's arrival at Rockhampton was delayed as he was contracted to Whitehawk and the team had a successful season in Non-League Division One, reaching the semi-final play-offs only to lose on penalties to Leatherhead.

One of the top teams in Whitehawk's division this season was Bognor Regis and Fisk said, against opposition of that calibre, it was not unusual to play in front of crowds of about 2000 spectators.

He knows he won't face crowds of that size in Rockhampton.

But what does the young player know about Rockhampton?

“I know it's the Beef Capital,” he said. “I know there is not tumble weeds rolling around the street,” he added with a grin.

He said he is looking forward to seeing some of Rockhampton's attractions, especially the bull riding at the Great Western as he took a liking to rodeo during a visit to North America.

Fisk has also been keeping up with the Cougars season and believes he will provide a little bit of experience to the side.

Like many promising young English footballers, Fisk did have involvement in the professional system as a schoolboy with both Portsmouth and Crystal Palace before playing for Lewes and then Whitehawk.

While looking forward to playing in the Queensland State competition he is also aware the game is different in Australia and far less robust.

“The English style is more physical,” he said.

“It will probably take a couple of games to get used to it, I know I will have to play on my feet a bit more.”

All being well, Fisk will make his first appearance for the Cougars against The Daily Mercury Whitsunday Miners at Mackay a week on Saturday.

The Miners have a core of English players in their team and that should help Fisk feel at home.

However, before that can happen the Cougars have to gain a clearance for their new signing even though Fisk completed his paperwork before leaving England.



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