Josh Ryan passes during a Warwick Cowboys development squad training drill.
Josh Ryan passes during a Warwick Cowboys development squad training drill.

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COWBOYS under-18 coach David O'Leary is upbeat about his potential squad for the 2013 Toowoomba Rugby League season.

After coaching Collegians teams from U9-U14, O'Leary has his first senior league assignment after being Cowboys development squad coach in 2012.

"The development squad comprises players aged 15 and 16 from Warwick and district junior clubs as far as Tenterfield," O'Leary said.

"The squad trained under some of the Wall of Legends inductees on Saturday."

Of the 12 players at the training session, six will play U18 games next season and six have one more season of juniors."

O'Leary said players enjoyed a tackling session with new Burleigh Bears Queensland Cup assistant coach Brett O'Farrell, as well as attacking work with Melbourne Storm official Frank Barrett and former New Guinea coach Bob Bennett.

Barrett looked into the boys' eyes to gauge their commitment.

"You could see how attentive they were and acknowledged all the questions they were asked," Barrett said.

"It was good to see them keen for next season and it's only November."

Barrett said Tenterfield fullback Tom Landers impressed him at training.

O'Leary agrees Landers is a player of the future.

The Cowboys have already signed 12 U18 players for next year, including Stanthorpe player Ashley Quirk.

"All indications are two more Stanthorpe players will sign."

Half of this year's U18 will back up next year and be joined by U16 graduates from Collegians, Eastern Suburbs and Stanthorpe.

O'Leary said Mitch McMahon and Joel Bradfield were two Warwick players selected in Toowoomba Clydesdales squads for next season.

"Most of the U16 and 18 Toowoomba games are pre-season so we will have them for most games," he said.

Cowboys training in all grades will start on January 10 at 6pm at Father Ranger Oval. Prospective players keen to join can call O'Leary on 0409 754989.



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