LOOKING AHEAD: Gavin Duffy is hoping to be one of the players named in the 2012 Central Queensland Capras squad.
LOOKING AHEAD: Gavin Duffy is hoping to be one of the players named in the 2012 Central Queensland Capras squad. File

Duffy driven to keep on challenging

AT 30 years of age many players start thinking of retirement, but not Gavin Duffy as he has answered the call and is trialling with the 2012 Capras.

So what is driving Duffy to try out for the Queensland Cup again?

"It was after making the Queensland Rangers team (last year)," he said.

When John Harbin took on the coaching position with the Capras Duffy, the Brothers captain, was one of the local players to receive a phone call to find out whether he was interested.

The playmaker knows what is required of him having played Queensland Cup with both the Comets and Norths (during the time he was contracted to Melbourne Storm) but has opted for local football in more recent times.

"When you are young you have a lot of distractions, (but) now I am settled and I know what I want to achieve," he said. "I am looking forward to the challenge."

Being one of the senior members in a very young playing group does not concern Duffy greatly.

"I cop a bit of stick," he said. "They have not given me a nickname yet but I dare say that won't take too long."

Duffy knows there are no guarantees in sport but intends to try as hard as possible to be amongst the squad Harbin will name for the season.

"I am really enjoying the training," he said. " I know if I am going to make this challenge then I really need to be at my fittest."

Duffy is also happy to see the revival of the Capras name, having worn the jersey as a junior, and is confident Harbin will bring a lot back to the club.

"The team will play with a lot of pride and it will be very fit," he said.

He also sees the Capras bringing back support to Browne Park for the season.

"I think the Capras will have that link with the community," he said.

Even though Duffy did not play in any of the Capras' senior teams, meeting up with older players brought back a few memories.

"I have been hearing the stories, I was a ball boy when I was eight when some of these guys were playing at Browne Park," Duffy said.



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