Whitsunday Brahman players Matt Neilson, captain-coach Adam Wright and Michael Newman are looking forward to their long season ahead.
Whitsunday Brahman players Matt Neilson, captain-coach Adam Wright and Michael Newman are looking forward to their long season ahead.

Brahmans have vision for finals

RUGBY LEAGUE

THE Whitsunday Brahmans are hoping to be part of this year's final series for longer than their 2010 campaign when they were defeated in the opening round of finals footy.

And with a strong showing of players at preseason training last week, the Brahmans are off to a good start.

Brahmans back-rower Adam Wright will take over the reigns for season 2011, following the exiting of Trent Dally at the later end of last season.

Wright, who was part of the Brahmans club's premiership-winning reserve grade side last year, said he was confident the strong contingent of local players, with a few marque players will help his side in the season ahead.

“We had a lot of guys come in last year so this year we have just tried to pull players actually needed,” he said.

“We've tried to bring a few keen locals in this year and it's all about the right mixture.”

Having lost key players including classy hooker Matt Temby who signed with the Mackay-based Souths and last year's player of the year Dean Connell, Wright said the club has acquired the right troops to fill their big shoes.

Among the new players to the club are New Zealand Warriors under 20s hooker Jarome Kutia and Samoan representative Junior Afulo.

Wright hopes the injection of this new blood will help the club in the upcoming season which has been extended to a 21 round competition.

“It's a long comp this year but they will bring a bit of experience to the club,” he said.


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