New muscle will lift Seagulls
THIS is the new muscle that will lift the Tweed Seagulls to greater heights this year.
The Intrust Super Cup franchise didn’t recruit heavily in the off-season, but it has picked up some intimidating forwards and welcomed home a 2007 premiership player.
The Seagulls’ forward depth is impressive, with the signings of former Gold Coast Titan Aaron Cannings, 2010 Northern Pride premiership winner Rod Griffin, plus the giant Chris Bloomfield from the Titans under-20s.
One player Seagulls fans will welcome back with open arms is Matt King.
King, the tough-as-nails hooker, tasted grand final glory in the black and white jersey in 2007.
King, one of the most capped players in Seagulls history, returns from a stint at Souths Logan and he is joined by another former Seagull in Matt Lindsay, who returns from the Easts Tigers.
Aaron Osborne joins the squad from Burleigh, Ben Webber has come to try his hand at the club from Byron Bay while Josh Starling is a young front rower who played under-20s for South Sydney last year.
The new faces will get one last opportunity to gel in the club’s final trial match tonight against Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park.
The Seagulls have had two strong trials to date and coach Ben Anderson is looking for another big one this weekend.
Brad Davis and Ryan Simpkins are both out, Anderson will have Gold Coast Titans Dominique Peyroux, Kayne Lawton and Will Matthews in the squad.
Anderson was expecting a much quicker game from Burleigh than was experienced in previous trials against Ipswich and Souths Logan.
“Your final trial is the most important one and you are obviously always looking for a good last hit-out before the season gets under way,” he said.
“We will be putting a full-strength side on the paddock this week and I am sure they will be very close to it as well.”
Burleigh and Tweed have shared a simmering rivalry and it won’t be forgotten just because it is a trial, so expect fireworks.
Tweed Heads Seagulls play the Burleigh Bears in under-19s (3.30pm DST), 20s (5pm DST) and first grade (6.30 DST) tonight. The Bycroft Cup team will take part in the 9s tournament at Bilambil tomorrow.