IN CONTENTION: Hooker Ben Sullivan in prime form to claim a team of the decade position.
IN CONTENTION: Hooker Ben Sullivan in prime form to claim a team of the decade position.

Cowboys hookers among top contenders for team of decade

RUGBY LEAGUE: The close of the 2019 season also brought to an end another decade of football.

It’s no surprise that Warwick has produced its fair share of talented players and the Toowomba Rugby League selectors know it.

Nominations opened this week for the TRL team of the decade, with several Cowboys players nominated.

Cowboys head coach Matt Grew said the team’s current dummy half Ben Sullivan and retired clubman Aaron McVeigh were both worthy of a position in the side.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that Warwick has produced good talented players, and I think that nominations for an award like this only show that,” he said.

“It would be good to see some more players to go onto better things once they finish up with us.”

It’s a selection process that Grew admitted he’s glad he doesn’t have to make.

“The TRL actually have a panel of selectors making the decision, which would be quite difficult,” he said.

“The hardest part with a team of the decade is that a lot of the older players don’t always get recognised.

“It’s pretty easy to remember the guys that have played for the last two or three season but those guys that played at the start of the decade sometimes get forgotten.”

The game has changed drastically over the past 10 years, and Grew said the Cowboys have already begun preparations for 2020.

“We had our first pre-season training on Tuesday night, and there was about 30 players there which is always good,” he said.

“I think that after the year that they club has had, it always gets people interested and get to get back into playing.

“We’ve worked hard on retaining the majority of the playing group that made the final this year and we’ve pretty much been able to do that.

“We’re just looking to field the strongest team possible each week to be able to go one better than this year.”



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