Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Thompson Makes Most of Cougars Invitation; Learner Striker Lands Six Goals in Two Games after Move Up from Midfield

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Thompson Makes Most of Cougars Invitation; Learner Striker Lands Six Goals in Two Games after Move Up from Midfield

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

FOOTBALL: Six goals in two matches is not a bad introduction to the Cougars for young Berserker product Jesse Thompson.

Brought in to the squad by invitation, Thompson is proving he will be a hard player to dislodge, even though he is only learning the role of striker.

Last year, Thompson was very effective as an attacking midfielder for his club side but the 21-year-old is enjoying his new role.

"The challenge is good," he said.

"I'm having to step up to a new level.

"There is definitely more intensity, it is a lot faster."

Thompson is settling in with his new team-mates, but then that should not be a major problem as a large portion of the Cougars squad come from the Berserker club.

He is also enjoying his new playing partnership with Tristan Fraser.

"He's a freak, the things he does are amazing," he said.

Tonight Thompson steps onto home territory for a match against the Bears.

"It'll be good to play against them, it will be challenging," he admitted.

Despite so many Berserker players making the Cougars squad, Thompson still reckons the club has some good players including defender Dylan Monnox who is slowly making his way back after injury.

The Cougars test themselves out once again tonight playing two trial games at Elizabeth Park.

Some may argue that the games tonight will be easier than those played so far as both Frenchville and Berserker, two of the powerhouses of local football during the past decade, are trying to rebuild their squads.

The early game sees the Cougars second-string face Frenchville in what could be a real test.

While Frenchville finished 2008 strongly, the loss of good players like Chris Hills (to Clinton) and Kenton Robertson (unavailable) means the squad is light on experience. …

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