THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins season may have ended but they haven?t been sitting around on their hands. CEO James Hinchey, Development Manager Grant Cleal and Coach Anthony Griffin have been working hard signing current players and enticing new players to the Club. ?While we are happy with what we achieved this year, coming from only getting one grade in the semi finals in 2004 to all three this year and the Queensland Wizard Cup side falling one game short of the grand final, but we must continue to build and bring new blood into the club.? CEO James Hinchey said.The Dolphins have re-signed the majority of this year?s top grade squad with the only confirmed losses for next season so far are Liam Georgetown and Wayne Bond who will be heading off to play in the NRL for the Penrith Panthers. ?I expect we will lose other players particularly from A grade squad who will go to other clubs in search of Queensland Cup opportunities, but that?s footy and we wish them all the best.? Hinchey said.The Dolphins have added to their already impressive list of forward signings with Darren Glase a front rower who joins the club from Souths Logan Magpies where he was captain and one of their better players in 2005. Richie Russell a back rower from Port Macquarie who spent four seasons with in the Roosters system. ?We have heard good things about Richie, he came up for a look during this season and he was impressed with our set up and we were impressed with him? said Hinchey.Pat Gardner also a prop from Brisbane Norths. A bulldozing front rower who was sought after by several clubs and a player Norths didn?t really want to lose. ?Gardner has the potential to play at the next level, we?d like to help him get there? Hinchey said. Gardner is a big man who will add real thrust to our pack. As well as the established players the Dolphins have also signed a group of talented players from our junior ranks with an eye on the future they include Queensland 17 Representative Matt Handcock and fellow Dolphin juniors Asher Elamani, Joel Romelo, Andrew Rickert, Tim Yee, Luke Capewell, Daniel Arnold, Anthony Tonkin, David Hala, Chris Johnson, Adam Marr and Clement Nani as well as current Colts squad members Jordan Brown, Jon Broad and Sam Schull.Development Manager Grant Cleal also hopes to pick up a few talented youngsters from the annual country trial on in October. ?We have a number of good kids coming from all over the state, so hopefully we?ll pick up a couple of them up for next season to go with the local kids who?ve earned their spots? Cleal said.Player MovementsGainsRichie Russell (Port Macquarie), Darren Glase (Souths Logan), Pat Gardner (Norths)Re-signed Shane Perry, Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Greg Bourke, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Luke Tonion, Chris Giumelli, Nick Emmett, Lucas Deardon, Matt Gruszka, Matt Mapes, Mick Pares, Iermia Filipo, Gerard Parle, Damien Jentz, Clint Frazer, Daniel Green, Chris Jelich, Dominic Fallini LossesLiam Georgetown, Wayne Bond (Both Penrith)
GRAND FINAL 2005 NOTEBOOK:
Wednesday 28th September 2005
RUGBY League players will be subject to more rigorous testing than ever under new plans by the game?s governing body and UK Sport.
BLOCKBUSTING St Helens centre Jamie Lyon has not given up hope of reclaiming a place in Australia's Test side for the Tri-Nations Series.
WIGAN'S Terry Newton will spend even more time on the sidelines after losing his appeal against a 10-match ban.
BRADFORD Bulls have received a major boost ahead of Saturday?s engage Super League Elimination Semi Final with the news that New Zealand centre Shontayne Hape has signed a new contract with the club and will remain at Odsal until the end of the 2008 season.
THE motive to not let Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens find a reason to drop him to Premier League has been the driving force behind the resurgence of Chris Heighington.
KIWI prop Paul Rauhihi has vowed to dominate opposing hardman John Skandalis in an effort to demoralise the Wests Tigers' young players in Sunday's National Rugby League grand final.
WATCH out for revenge-seeking Cowboys is the message coach Tim Sheens is telling his Wests Tigers players ahead of the NRL grand final.
THE jury has returned and the verdict has been handed down: the Roosters were the most undisciplined team in the competition this year, closely followed by the Raiders, Dragons, Sea Eagles and Sharks.
THE waiting game can be the hardest game of all in rugby league.
SUNDAY, 2nd October 2005 at Telstra Stadium
OUTSTANDING Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah has praised former Test rake Royce Simmons on making him the player he is today.
THE New Zealand 16?s, who are currently touring Australia, played their first tour match yesterday (Wednesday 28 September 2005) at Cabramatta Stadium, Parramatta.