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The Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets will look to local products David Nixon and Todd Brandon to lead the way in match one of the Minniecon and Burke Preseason Challenge taking place at Browne Park on Saturday, February 5.
20-year-old Nixon and 24-year-old Brandon have both been rewarded for their great attitude and leadership skills during off season training with them both expected to play captaincy roles in the Comets' upcoming trial match against the Melbourne Storm.
The Comets will battle the Storm over four quarters with two different teams alternating each quarter so the Comets coaching staff can get a look at their whole squad and all players get a chance to impress.
After a interupted 2004 campaign Nixon is looking to step up to the mark in 2005 and remain injury free.
When asked about how the 2005 season was looking, Nixon said, "Things are looking great, can't wait to get on the paddock. The attitude is very different this year, all the boys are trying to out do each other to earn a spot in the top squad."
Both Nixon(lock) and Brandon(second row) are looking in the best shape they have been in for a long time and the kind of enthusiasm the squad is showing can only mean the Comets are on their way up.
In other Comets news, veteran Heath Egglestone has retired. Egglestone signed a new deal with the Comets late in 2004 but closing on the start of the season was offered a mining job in Moranbah and decided to accept.
Egglestone's experience, attitude and try scoring ability will be missed but the Rockhampton League's Club Central Queensland Comets wish him all the best in his future.
Tickets for the Comets Minniecon and Burke Preseason Challenge went on sale Monday, January 24 at Stockland Rockhampton.
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