Sing rules out swan song playing season
RUGBY LEAGUE: Homegrown hero Matt Sing last night ruled out a swan song playing season with the Central Comets in the Queensland Cup.
The former Queensland and Australian winger was last night appointed Comets assistant and backline coach, as well as a mentor to the club's aspiring rugby league stars.
Sing, who has returned home to CQ following an illustrious NRL career and two seasons in the English Super League, said he was happily retired.
“Not much chance,” said Sing of the possibility of donning a Comets jersey in 2009.
“I'm just enjoying being retired at the moment and getting over the injuries I've had over the years.”
Sing, who turns 34 in March, said he was excited to be involved with the Comets and in his new off-field role.
“I'm looking forward to it, helping out with the playing staff and mixing with the boys - I hope they do well this year,” he said.
“I haven't been involved on a coaching staff before so it's something new to me.”
Sing played 24 State of Origin games for Queensland and represented Australia in 15 Tests before hanging up the boots at the end of last season with Hull FC in England.
The Central Queensland product, who grew up in Dysart before moving to Rockhampton in year 11, played for Penrith (1993-95), the Sydney Roosters (1996-2001) and North Queensland Cowboys (2002-06) during his NRL career.
He was one of the most prolific tryscorers in the NRL, finishing his career with 159 four-pointers - the fifth most in Australian rugby league history.
Sing said a chat with good mate, Comets chief executive Scott Minto, had enticed him to help out the Comets after moving back to CQ with his wife, Bree, son Kalani, 5, and two daughters, Meiki, 4, and Tilli, 2.
“I never thought I'd get involved with the Comets and it's great Scott has given me the opportunity with the Comets,” he said.
With the Comets' partnership with the Brisbane Broncos, Sing said he would pass on any advice for local youngsters trying to crack the NRL.
“I'd definitely love to get involved to get the younger blokes through (to the NRL),” said Sing, who had his first session with the Comets last night.
The Comets launch their pre-season campaign against the Broncos on February 14.