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The Rockhampton Central Queensland Comets are heading into the 2005 Queensland Cup season in the best condition of the club's history.
The Comets are fast approaching the strength levels which seen the Brisbane Broncos become the 2000 NRL Premiers.
Former Brisbane Bullets trainer Ross Clark is the new Comets strength and conditioning coach and has been amazed by the players work ethic since pre-season training commenced last November.
Speaking to Rockhampton's Morning Bulletin Clark said his troops had almost surpassed the Broncos' best average bench press of 135 kg set in 2000.
"The whole squad is doing great and their work ethic is absolutely phenomenal."
Queensland under 19s representative Mick Esdale is leading the way holding both the squat (220 kg) and bench press (165 kg) records.
Mackay junior David Nixon and local product Kane Hardy have also both been extremely impressive. With Hardy bulking up and looking in the best shape of his career.
New signings Tui McKenzie and Mark Henry along with veteran Clint Rothery are leading the way on the track with impressive times being pumped out by the speedsters.
Kiwi signing Herewini Rangi's huge build has amazed team mates and he has been nicknamed the "talking calf muscle".
The Comets tackle the Melbourne Storm on February 5 before clashing with the North Queensland Cowboys on February 12 and the Canberaa Raiders on February 26 all at Browne Park.
Tickets for the Comets Minniecon and Burke Preseason Challenge go on sale Monday, January 24 at Stockland Rockhampton.
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