Boy from Hull cooks up new career
By TANIA PHILLIPS
A VISIT Down Under more than a year ago was enough to convice Doncaster footballer and new Cudgen recruit Craig Cook, of Hull, that the grass really was greener on the other side ? of the world.
The 22-year-old Englishman is set to play in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition with the Hornets this season.
"I came out to visit my uncle 15 months ago with my girlfriend and we fell in love with the country," the young hooker said yesterday.
On returning to England, where Cook has been playing with National League side Doncaster (one level below English Super League) for the past two years, the couple decided they missed the warm sun and blue skies and, through a friend, contacted Cudgen coach Jamie Mathiou.
Although he is only here for a year at this stage, Cook is hopeful it could be longer ? if he can adjust to playing in the heat.
Cook has picked an exciting time to join the Hornets, who are about to play host to some of the NRL's best.
Tomorrow, members of the South Sydney Rabbitohs arrive in Kingscliff for a two-day visit.
Peter Cusack, Ben Walker, Shane Rigon, Todd Polglase, Luke Stuart and Luke MacDougall will conduct school visits, clinics, fundraising and more as part of the 2006 Community Carnival.
A sportsman's dinner will be held on Thursday night, hosted by Mark Braybrook, with guest speaker Mario Fenech.
The Hornets take on Queensland Cup side Ipswich Jets in their first trial game on February 11, before playing a New Zealand Warriors development squad on February 24.