Matt Sauer is keen to represent the Capricorn Cougars even if playing out of his preferred position.
Matt Sauer is keen to represent the Capricorn Cougars even if playing out of his preferred position. Sharyn O'Neill

Depleted Cougars attack Razorbacks

AND then there were thirteen!

Central Queensland’s representative team, the Cougars, has hit a new low with the already decimated squad now down to 13 players.

A few eyebrows were raised last weekend when Michael Cay made his return to the Cougars and to many supporters of the sport he appeared to be dictating terms to the Cougars by playing just one half of the match; at one stage it was to be just 20 minutes, against Bundaberg so he could turn out for his club the following day.

Cay is a talented footballer but no player is bigger than the team.

This week Cay has decided he will not play for the Cougars at Townsville.

Coach Washington Gonzales is not happy with the situation.

“Michael Cay did not turn up for training on Thursday night,” he said.

He is also realistic about players not being able to cope with the hard grind of football in the Hyundai QSL, instead opting for more social levels of the game, but stated those players have to make the choice.

“I don’t mind them playing for the club, but if they do I don’t want them to play for me,” he said.

“They have to commit to one or the other.”

Gonzales said he had 12 players, one missed the session due to family commitments, at training but 13 are set to make the trip north.

For up-and-coming players like Max Thomson, Johnathon and Matthew Sauer, Chris Swain, Tim English and Jarred Lancaster the Cougars offer the opportunity to showcase their talent while gaining a solid grounding in state football.

Last year the Cougars were criticised for bringing in players instead of developing local talent.

Now the club may have to think again as it tries to keep on course so players from the Centres of Excellence, who are around the 13 year age group, will still have the opportunity of playing a high level of football when they are older.

Today, the Cougars face the NQ Razorbacks and they are always a tough team to beat on home territory.

Reports from the north indicate the Razorbacks will be without their skipper Josh Evans but it will take a massive effort from the Cougars and an equally big change in fortunes if the Cougars are to take anything from this game.



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