BACK AT TRAINING: Wattles captain Matt Duggan draws the defence in the Wattles grand final win in 2015.
BACK AT TRAINING: Wattles captain Matt Duggan draws the defence in the Wattles grand final win in 2015. Gerard Walsh

Three premiership winners back at Wattles training

RUGBY LEAGUE: Past Wattles Warriors premiership winning players, brothers Matt and Ryan Duggan, and Aaron Scheid will return to the green and gold for this season's Toowoomba Rugby League season.

Matt won two TRL Player of the Year award in his first three seasons with Wattles and is back from an injury which cost him the 2016 season.

After being in the dual roles of president and player when Wattles won the A-grade premiership double in 2014-2015, Scheid didn't play last season but will be back this year.

The Wattles club has recruited well in the off season with some past players returning and a number of new signings.

The latest signings are Tenterfield centre Josh Lucas and last year's Pittsworth winger Brayden Wilson who also had a stint in Warwick.

After winning the 2014-2015 premierships, Wattles lost almost a complete A-grade team to retirements, transfers and injuries but its A-grade team was competitive without pushing for the finals last season.

President Neil Phelan said the club attracted 28 to its first training run for 2017 on Wednesday at Platz Oval.

"It was good to see Matt Duggan at training after he missed last season with a knee injury,” Phelan said.

"Matt is happy with how his knee has responded after an operation. His brother Ryan is set to return after sitting out last season.

"Kruse Robinson, who originally signed from Newcastle, has been released by Wattles after he received an offer to play in England.”

The Wattles club is training each Wednesday at 6.30pm during January and will return to Tuesday and Thursday training next month.

Junior president

KAETY Willett has been elected president of the Wattles juniors.

She was elected at a meeting on Tuesday night at the Railway Hotel, Allora.

The club sign-on is on February 26 at 9am at Platz Oval. The push is on to field a leaguetag girls' team for the first time in 2017.



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