Former St Brendan's student Minto comes home to Capras
COACH Jason Hetherington is confident the CQ Capras will make some "serious inroads" in next year's Intrust Super Cup with Matt Minto steering the team around the park.
Minto, a quality half with NRL experience, is the latest homegrown product to sign with the Capras.
Hetherington said he was excited to have a player of Minto's quality back in town and ready to go.
"At only 24, he has won an Intrust Super Cup title with Mackay and most recently played in the NSW Cup grand final for Newcastle," he said. "The former St Brendan's product still has his best football ahead of him and being able to play football for his home region with the support of family locally will be an added bonus to our program."
Minto's rugby league resume is impressive.
He has had stints with the Penrith and the Bulldogs under-20 programs, as well as his most recent season with the Newcastle Knights in the NRL.
Minto said he was looking forward to the challenge.
"Being able to play in my home town is terrific," he said as he surveyed his new home ground of Browne Park.
"The Capras have an impressive young squad and I am sure I can help them achieve the team goals next year.
"I have a young family of my own now and Central Queensland is a great place for us to put down some roots and build for the future.
"I still have the dream of again playing in the NRL. Being home gives me the chance to have the best of both, work and footy life."
The Capras started pre-season training this week.
Players will have a break during the Christmas-New Year period before turning their focus towards an Intrust Super Cup trial match against Sunshine Coast Falcons in February.