Quinn off to Wales targeting Super League
By ADAM WRATTEN
MURWILLUMBAH product Damian Quinn has signed a one-year deal with new Welsh rugby league club, the Celtic Crusaders.
Quinn, who leaves for Wales on December 3, said the opportunity to play overseas with a club that had Super League ambitions was too good to turn down.
The former Wynnum centre will team up with former Toowoomba Clydesdales coach John Dixon and a handful of other Australians at the club.
Quinn, 24, can return to his job as a school teacher at Brisbane's Carmel College if things don't work out overseas.
"I hummed and hahhed a bit, but it was too good an opportunity to say no to," Quinn said.
"It was my mum who talked me into it. I've got a chance to go over there and make a bit of money and see the world. If it goes okay that's great, and if things don't work out I can come back to work.
"It should be a good experience."
Quinn, the son of Murwillumbah identity Bernie Quinn, has been a standout player at Wynnum for several seasons.
He is the club's highest point-scorer and a former captain.
In a stellar season this year he starred for the Queensland Resident's side and was named among the Queensland Cup's top players.
He has also been linked to the NRL, most recently with the Newcastle Knights.
The Crusaders are the latest addition to the world of Rugby League and are gunning to become the Welsh franchise in England's Super League.
As well as Dixon as head coach, the club has recruited Quinn's former Wynnum teammate Jace Van Dijk and Toowoomba's Michael Ryan.
The ambitious club will start life in England's National League 2 next year and have a pre-season game organised against St Helens in February.