Duggan kicks off league rep career
HE led the Wattles to a long-awaited Hutchies-Chronicle Cup last season and has picked up the past Price-Webcke Medals but one thing had been lacking from Matt Duggan's playing schedule - rep footy.
Duggan established himself as the leading light in the Hutchinson Builders TRL Premiership the past two years, picking up consecutive Player of the Year honours.
The talented halfback also steered Wattles to a grand final last year to cap off a great year.
But he did not play in the Toowoomba Clydesdales' 47th Battalion Trophy-winning squad, not because he wasn't considered good enough but due to unavailability.
That has largely been the case the past two seasons although he played a trial game last year, but Duggan was ready to be part of the TRL's representative squad next year, so much so that Clydesdales coach Eugene Seddon has appointed him captain.
Duggan was keen to lead the Clydesdales at rep level in trial matches early next year and the 47th Battalion Trophy carnival at Roma in May.
"I'm excited about it. It should be good," he said.
"We get to play against the Titans 20s as well which should be good.
"I'm going to play in the 47th Battalion at Roma this year.
"Ever since I came back from Ipswich I haven't played rep footy at all, apart from before that NRL trial (last year).
"It should be a nice challenge and something I'm looking forward to."
The Clydesdales will take on the Gold Coast Titans 20s squad in a trial match at Clive Berghofer Stadium on February 7, which will be played as a curtain-raiser to the NRL trial game between the Titans and Warriors.