Seibold ready to step up in Rockhampton Rugby League Nines

DAMIEN Seibold will come out of retirement to join a near full-strength Brothers squad in the inaugural Rockhampton Rugby League Nines competition.

The former German rugby league international confirmed yesterday he would be dusting off his boots to play in the pre-season tournament held at Browne Park this weekend

Seibold's last senior club game was Brothers' loss to the Yeppoon Seagulls in the 2011 grand final.

"I think it's a great idea. I don't know if I'll play any more games after this weekend but I'm really looking forward to playing with some of the young Brothers boys," he said.

"It will be great to get back out there and have a bit of fun."

Seibold, 34, admitted he had 'got the juices flowing again' being back in training but had some fears of how his body would handle it.

"We had our first training session aimed at the nines on Tuesday night, trying to get our squad used to the open space," he said.

"The big message I have to my team is just to enjoy yourself.

"I know I for one will struggle with the speed; I was slow when I wasn't old," he quipped.

During the build-up to their RRL Nines campaign, the Brethren had gelled well, and Seibold had faith his Brothers-2 side would perform this weekend.

"Sam Granville has been a consistent player for Brothers for some time now so he'll be one to watch," he said.

"Ben Matheson, Ty McMillan and Mitch Ireland are a couple of the old boys coming back to play with last year's Capras recruit Grant Rogers also joining our line up."

Playing Norths in the opening round would pose a challenging test for Brothers-2 after they recruited former South Sydney Rabbitohs winger Nathan Merritt.

"Norths will be strong with Merritt being a good pick-up for them," Seibold said.

"He is very fit and fast and will suit their style of playing football."

While both Brothers teams had a large number of new faces in their line-ups, Brothers-1 had a touch more youth to call upon.

"Ryan Burke and Jake Langdon will really work well and enjoy the nines conditions," Seibold said.

"Steve Donovan, a young Under-20s player, is really good with the football and is lightning quick."

"PJ Marsh is possibly the best thing that could have happened for Brothers as far as the draw goes," he said.



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