Jets have plenty to play for
THERE is no chance of complacency amongst the Ipswich Jets heading into their final pre-season trials.
A Jets squad played Souths Logan last night at Centenary, another plays this afternoon at the North Ipswich Reserve following a colts trial between the clubs.
Adam Boettcher, Mark Appleton, Sione Piutau and Trent Wallace have the pleasure of backing up for both.
"They probably need a bit of time and a full game rather than off the bench," Jets co-coach Ben Walker said.
Walker insists there is no pecking order yet, with more than 30 players still in contention for the Jets' opening Queensland Cup match on March 10.
"Everyone is still in the running," Walker said.
"We really are lucky at the moment. A lot of guys are putting their hands up. We haven't set ourselves on any teams yet.
"We've probably got 35 players who can play (Queensland) Cup."
If Walker is to be taken at his word, he and his brother Shane will have a heck of a job picking the 17-man squad for the season opener against Northern Pride.
"To be honest, we don't know (our best side)," Ben Walker said.
"We've come up with five or six teams since trials started. We'll see what happens with injuries.
"We don't need to pick a team for two weeks."
Part of the Walkers' dilemma comes from the strides taken by a number of players who have stepped up from the Ipswich Rugby League.
Perhaps the most impressive has been Sione Piutau.
The work he has put in to lose more than 20kg and last a 30-minute stint against Sunshine Coast last week has prompted the Walkers to look closely at him this weekend.
Another player to have earned a reward for impressing is hooker Matt Parcell, who will trial this afternoon.
"We knew he had a fair bit of ability," Ben Walker said.
"But he is probably a bit ahead of where we anticipated.
"He went well against Penrith and that's a good indication he's almost there."
The Jets get to call on last year's Queensland Cup player of the year Javarn White for the first time, having been released from the Gold Coast Titans, along with front rower Luke Page.
Both will play in tonight's trial.
"I'm looking forward to it," Ben said of seeing White, who has been compared to Matt Bowen.
"He hasn't trained with us so he'll be a bit rusty about how we play."
Today's colts trial starts at 2pm with the main game from 3.30pm.