Duffy in frame for Falcons’ role, Dole eyes midseason return
RUGBY LEAGUE: The contenders are lining up to fill Daniel Dole’s place in the Sunshine Coast forward pack, with the hard hitter sidelined until mid-season.
Falcons coach Sam Mawhinney says young guns Campbell Duffy and Rowan Jardine are in the frame, while some of the team’s more seasoned players could see more game time.
They’ll have their chance to impress in key trials, against Ipswich and Norths during the next two weeks.
“Campbell’s a good young fellow,” Mawhinney said.
“He’s got a great attitude and is really good around the group.”
Duffy made his state league debut for Townsville late last year before being recruited by the Falcons and has impressed during pre-season training.
“Rowan’s another one,” the coach said.
“He’s a raw young player but he just loves belting blokes so I want to see how he goes in the trials because I think he could potentially play a role for us.”
Jardine played in the Sunshine Coast team which won the state under-20 competition last year.
“Then we’ve got more seasoned guys like Martin Cordwell and Liam McDonald, who may get a bit of an opportunity and Tom Geraghty as well. It (Dole’s recovery) might mean they get a bit more footy early in the season.”
Cordwell played 14 games last season, McDonald was limited to two appearances after he came back from knee surgery and Geraghty has rejoined the Falcons after two years at Redcliffe, where he was a regular off the bench.
There are plenty of positions for the taking in the upcoming trials at North Ipswich Reserve (February 22) and Sunshine Coast Stadium (February 29).
Essentially, all players in the squad will get a chance to make an impact in four quarters against the Jets before Mawhinney tries to settle on positions and combinations against the Devils.
Fleet-footed youngster Riley Moore, who raised eyebrows with some flamboyant plays in trials last year, is set to get another run.
“I want to see him across multiple positions,” Mawhinney said of the utility back.
Some Melbourne Storm players, who aren’t needed by the NRL club on their game days, will also play for the Falcons during the season, through their affiliation.