Field vows to break his duck
FORMER NRL star Craig Field would love to break his premiership drought with his new club, the Cudgen Hornets.
The rugby league journeyman was part of the Manly side defeated by Newcastle in the 1997 grand final.
Field has captain/coached the French Pia Donkeys club to a grand final loss, and his Group 9 team, the Wagga Brothers, was defeated in three consecutive grand finals.
“I am looking forward to breaking the duck,” a laughing Field told the Tweed Daily News yesterday.
“To be honest, I don’t know much about the comp up there. But it doesn’t matter who you play against, you have got to be up to scratch whether you are at the highest level or playing for a local club.
“I can’t move as quickly as I used to, but I can put my team in a better position on the field to stop the opposition from scoring tries and to help my team to score tries.”
Field also turned out for the South Sydney Rabbiters, Balmain and Wests Tigers in his 11-year career, which ended in controversy when he was suspended by the NRL for testing positive to stimulants.
In August this year Field was acquitted of four charges in a majority jury verdict (11-1), after police alleged he was involved in an armed robbery, in which he had claimed to be the victim.
Field said he had learned a lot on and off the field and was anticipating getting into training with the Hornets.
“Cudgen is a great club and I am looking forward to helping the young guys out, on and off the field,” he said.
Cudgen Leagues president Graeme Lawrence said he was looking forward to having the league veteran at his club.
“He always wanted to retire up this way,” Lawrence said.
“He is a good man and a good acquisition to our club.
“To have someone like Craig, with all his experience in the NRL, will be invaluable to us and we need someone with that experience to push our side round the park”
“We are looking forward to having him here.”
Lawrence said that when Field arrived, the club was not going to put pressure on him to perform.
“We are just going to welcome him to the area and let him feel his way and we won’t have huge expectation for him.”
He said Cudgen had some talented young players who would prosper playing along someone of Field’s experience.
“These blokes are going to really shine with him around.”