New man Pearson the answer to Capras halfback woes - Keeffe
NORTH Queensland Cowboys' former chief executive Denis Keeffe believes Theeran Pearson is the man to solve the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras's halfback woes.
Pearson, who has enjoyed stints at the Newcastle Knights and the Northern Pride, joined the Capras last night for his first session at the club ahead of the 2014 Intrust Super Cup season.
Keeffe, now the CEO of the Capras and the CQ NRL Bid, said the talented halfback had been on his radar for some time.
"I saw him play as a 15 or 16-year-old and I've always had a rap on him," Keeffe said.
"I've been trying to get him to my football club for nearly 10 years now. I always thought he had something special about him.
"He's got good vision, good skills. He's one of those blokes that is a good package.
"He can take the line on, he's got a lovely passing game, and he is a real leader. He's a good solid bloke too."
After playing in the National Youth Competiton for the Knights, Pearson played for the Northern Pride in 2010 before spending a few seasons with his local club, Yarrabah Seahawks in the Cairns competition.
Pearson, a Queensland indigenous teammate of fellow Capras' new recruit Bobby Nona, said he was determined to make the most of the opportunity the Capras presented.
"The will (to play Intrust Super Cup) is there this time. I'm much fitter and much more determined. The support I have from my family has been amazing," he said.
"Not many players get a second chance at the cherry, so I'm keen to make the most of it."
During his time at the Pride, Keeffe earmarked Pearson as a successor to Intrust Super Cup premiership winning Northern Pride captain Chris Sheppard.
"When I started the Pride I wanted to go with Chris Sheppard in year one or two and I had him to come in and play under Shep in the second year and take over running the whole onfield program," Keeffe explained.
"I think he's got that in him. I think he can steer a side around the football field. He's what we need, I think we've got a good balance in our team at the Capras but we need someone to steer us around the paddock."