Seagulls duo sign with Cup rivals
ONE of the Tweed's most colourful rugby league players, Matty Ross has left the Seagulls club for rival Queensland Cup outfit Wynnum.
Ross, who was with Tweed Heads when they debuted in the Queensland Cup in 2002 and also earned representative honours with the Queensland Resident's side during his three-year stint at the club, has been hampered by injury in recent seasons and is keen to make a fresh start in Brisbane.
The big prop will be joined at Wynnum by Tweed halfback Daniel Evans, who spent most of this past season in the Seagulls' Northern Rivers side.
Evans opted to bypass trials this summer with NRL outfits Wests, Manly and Parramatta to join Wynnum, who recently announced they had become an affiliate of the Brisbane Broncos.
Ross, 26, said the prospect of linking up with Neil Warton, who coached him when he played with the Queensland Residents, and the possibility of being involved with the Broncos were key factors in his move to Wynnum.
"It has been frustrating with all the injuries," Ross said.
"But I'm feeling really strong now and I'm confident of getting back to my best."
Evans said the opportunity of playing first grade at Wynnum was the reason he moved.
"I'm really enjoying it here (Wynnum returned to pre-season training a couple of weeks ago)," Evans said.
"They are very professional and it's well organised."
Tweed Heads coach Steve Murphy yesterday wished both players the best of luck.
Tweed Heads start pre-season training on November, 20.