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Former NRL talent would be big boost for Killarney Cutters

Likely Killarney Cutters player Nick Parfitt shows his style for Burleigh in a 0-all draw against Wynnum in Queensland Cup rugby league in 2010.
Likely Killarney Cutters player Nick Parfitt shows his style for Burleigh in a 0-all draw against Wynnum in Queensland Cup rugby league in 2010. Scott Powick / SMP Images

THE Killarney Cutters could field a former NRL player for the first time in this season's Border Rugby League competition.

Coach Neil Parfitt said his son Nick Parfitt, who played six NRL games for the Brisbane Broncos, was seriously considering a link with the Cutters.

"Nick rang me this week and said he would talk to a mate who might travel with him to games," Neil said.

Nick, 27, played centre and fullback in six seasons on the Broncos books playing mainly for feeder club, the Toowoomba Clydesdales, in the Queensland Cup competition.

He represented Queensland Country and Queensland Residents and joined the Gold Coast Titans/Burleigh Bears in 2007 where he was a team-mate of former Warwick junior Brett O'Farrell at Burleigh.

Nick is still the highest try scorer in the Queensland Cup, now the Intrust Super Cup which started in 1996.

"Nick had a year off footy in 2012 and now lives at Loganholme and works for a sports management group in Brisbane," Neil said.

"He has just decided he wants to enjoy the game rather than be committed to full-time rugby league like he has been for the past decade.

"Nick and wife Jemma are expecting their second child this year; they already have a two-year-old son Lennox."

The Cutters coach admitted it would be exciting to coach his own son.

"I coached Nick in Maryborough as a 14, 15 and 16-year-old before he was grabbed by the Broncos," Neil said.

"The players and committee are keen for Nick and his mate to play with the Cutters and happy they will do their own training in Brisbane and only come for games."

Neil is hoping former Toowoomba Clydesdales forward Josh Hancock will return to his hometown team, the Cutters, in 2013.

The Cutters will start training on January 29 at Charlie Andrews Oval at 6pm.

There will be a road run on the first night with prizes on offer followed by a sausage sizzle and sign-on.

Information from the coach on 0400 710 696.

 

Qld Cup Stats

Leading points scorers

Nick Parfitt - 1421

Greg Bourke - 1150

Reggie Cressbrook - 1089

Brad Davis - 1066

Liam Georgetown - 1060

Leading try scorers

Nick Parfitt - 113

Ryan Cullen - 112

Nathanael Barnes - 105

Heath Egglestone - 99

Shane Perry - 95

*Comp started in 1996

Topics:  border rugby league, killarney cutters, nick parfitt, nrl, rugby league



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