Patrick McGahan, Brodie Murphy, Lincoln Cutmore, Joe McIvor and Michael O’Keefe are five from the U18s to play A grade this season for the Warwick Cowboys.
Patrick McGahan, Brodie Murphy, Lincoln Cutmore, Joe McIvor and Michael O’Keefe are five from the U18s to play A grade this season for the Warwick Cowboys. Gerard Walsh

Cowboys look to future

GEORGE McVeigh reckons the future of the Warwick Cowboys is in the hands of many of the young players coming through the under-18 ranks.

This year, McVeigh has used half the players from the U18 squad in A grade, often off the bench. Some have played one game, others most of the season.

One of the first U18 players used in the top grade this season was back rower Eamon Brownlie, who McVeigh describes as a Bradley Clyde-type ball runner.

“Clyde used to run on the edge of the ruck for Canberra, New South Wales and Australia and I reckon Eamon can do the same for the Cowboys in A grade,” McVeigh, the A-grade coach, said.

“He has good upper body strength and can break tackles.”

While being eligible for the U18 grade, 105kg centre Mick O’Keefe has played all season in A grade, as well as some games in the U18s.

Backline star Lincoln Cutmore, dubbed “The Pearl” by McVeigh due to his running style similar to international Steve Renouf, has played more than half the season in A grade.

“He is an incredible athlete who played three games in one day a couple of times early in the season,” McVeigh said.

The coach also expects prop Joe McIvor to make a top A-grade player.

“We have given him a couple of hit outs,” McVeigh said.

“The club is often short of size in the engine room so it is great to see a home-grown player who is big and strong and can bust the line. He also has good ball skills.”

Other U18 players to successfully step up to the top grade include Brodie Murphy, Patrick McGahan, Jake Landers, Regan McNicol, Dale Coombes and Travis Burton. On Sunday, Burton debuted in a 40-16 loss to Newtown.

Warwick plays Gatton on Sunday at Cahill Park before finishing the season with the August 14 game against Wattles at Platz Oval and the August 20 match against Valleys at Father Ranger Oval on Legends weekend.



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