Wayne Barnett on the training pitch during a Comets coaching session.
Wayne Barnett on the training pitch during a Comets coaching session. File

Wayne is the man for XXXX country

CENTRAL Queensland Comets’ hard working coach, Wayne Barnett, has received acknowledgement for his team’s history-making performance last season.

Yesterday Queensland Rugby League announced that Barnett would be the coach of its XXXX Country team in 2010.

“I heard about it three days ago but I wasn’t telling anybody until I heard officially from the QRL just in case it was someone playing a joke on me,” he said with a laugh.

Applications had been sought by the QRL for the position and Barnett had responded, but that was a long time ago.

“I’d forgotten all about it,” he joked.

However, Barnett does take the position seriously and believes his appointment to be a great honour.

He also doesn’t see the appointment of a Kiwi to the state coaching position as being a drawback.

“I’m following the same line as Graeme Lowe (New Zealand national coach and also Queensland State of Origin in the early 90s),” he said.

“It is always something I’ve wanted to achieve.

“I’m honoured and pleased.”

Barnett said the appointment wouldn’t clash with his Comets duties as his involvement is a week’s camp with the players during a recess in the Queensland Cup competition.

While still enjoying the moment, Barnett said he was yet to find out some of the requirements of the position and was unsure about whether he had input during the selection process.

At this early stage Barnett is not even aware of the venue for the annual fixture against a XXXX City team to be coached by former Bronco Paul Green.

“Nothing is certain but I’ve heard Gympie being thrown around,” he said.

Glenn Bennett will be the manager of the Country team and while Barnett is yet to meet him, he said he was very experienced.

The XXXX state residents coaching job went to Sunshine Coast’s Brandon Costin.



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