Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mustangs, Jets and Koalas Happy with Recruitment So Far

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Mustangs, Jets and Koalas Happy with Recruitment So Far

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LAST week we reported on the asilly seasona happenings at Cudgen Hornets and Tweed Coast Raiders who will make their debuts in the new Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League competition in 2012.

In this edition we'll have a look at what has been happening with player comings and goings over the summer break at Murwillumbah Mustangs, Bilambil Jets and South Tweed Koalas

Murwillumbah Mustangs

MURWILLUMBAH Mustangs president Nigel Lofts reports the club has re-signed its three gun players who will lead the team as the Tweed's only local representative in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition next season.

aAlready signed on the dotted line are Luke Covell, Lynden Murphy, and Damien Quinn,a Lofts said.

aLuke is a vital cog in the Mustangs machine - he is one of the most outstanding goal-kickers in Australian rugby league - and that's at all levels - but more importantly he brings professionalism to the club.a

Covell had an outstanding season for the Mustangs both with his trusty boot and with his excellent all-round play.

Having a bludge on the wing and getting a run whenever the ball came his way is not his style of play. Covell put up his hand to get into the thick of the action when he rejoined his old alma mater at the start of last season.

Mustangs coach, Troy McLean, put him into the second-row where his ball skills, tenacity, fitness, speed and evasive skills ensured he played a big hand in the Mustangs winning the minor premiership and going through to the grand-final.

Murphy proved himself to be the most damaging big man in the league. He has a good turn of foot for such a strapping fella, loves to tear into defensive lines and put big hits on opposition ball carriers.

His height enables him to get his hands free above tacklers and offload to support players.

Quinn's vast experience in the English Super League was certainly to the fore to whoever saw him work his magic for the Mustangs in his return to the club in 2011.

He possesses every skill in the book and his toughness and high work rate made him one of the competition's stand-outs.

Lofts said the Mustangs will return to the training paddock in early January and that two trials had been arranged for February.

aWe'll play Gold Coast outfit Bilambil Jets in the first trial and then host Pittsworth in Murwillumbah in the second,a Lofts said.

Bilambil Jets

WHEREAS all other clubs in the region have been busy signing players and bidding farewell to others during the summer months, Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League premiers, Bilambil Jets, have been marking time until the players and officials get together at the first training session on January 10.

Jets vice president, Wade Hall, said the only movement at the club is perhaps the loss for the season of two of the club's young guns, Thomas Rowles and Tyler Chadburn who have been drafted in the Gold Coast Titans under 20 squad. …

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