Brook Croft in action at the FOGS Cup Colts Challenge rugby league earlier this season.
Brook Croft in action at the FOGS Cup Colts Challenge rugby league earlier this season. Kevin Farmer

Cowboys gallop with Clydesdales

YOU wouldn't think there would be that big of a gulf when it comes to experience at under 20 level.

But the Toowoomba Clydesdales squad for the upcoming FOGS Cup Colts Challenge season is shaping up as much more experienced than that which competed this year.

Warwick trio Brook Croft, Mitch McMahon and Jazz Namana are all training with the Clydesdales after also playing for the representative teams this year.

The Clydesdales are building for hopefully a big season next year after picking up the under 20s wooden spoon.

A heavy injury toll meant players had to be brought up from under 18s, but the preliminary squad for 2015 has plenty of top-aged talent.

Mitch Sargent leads the Clydesdales squad which also features the likes of recruits Lauchlan Telford and Josh Mildren, who both featured in the Hutchinson Builders TRL Premiership finals this year.

Throw in outside back Corey Langton, who has come back from the Gold Coast Titans under 20s and played with the Clydesdales colts in 2013, and there was much more experience.

"Having a group of older boys has been really good," Clydesdales coach Scott Hart said.

"Having those older boys that have experience in the comp ... they knuckle down and do the job."

That no nonsense attitude seems to be filtering through the squad.

"They are different to the groups we have had before. They seem to just put their heads down and do it," Hart said.



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