Brilliant Davis could be back in the fray
By GREG WHITE
DAY by day the odds are shortening that the brilliant playing career of Paul Davis isn't over and the big man could be back on the field with new club Dunghutti Broncos as early as February 15.
While Davis won't confirm or deny he's coming out of a short retirement that's lasted since the premiership victory with Macksville Sea Eagles in the 2007 Group 2 grand final, the not so subtle hint is coming from the way he's now signing communications.
The term 'captain-coach' has replaced 'coaching director' and over the summer months of training he's stripped many kilos from his previously ample frame.
The Broncos have been invited by the Port Macquarie Sharks to play one third of the trial match against Sydney Roosters at Hastings Regional Stadium next month with Wauchope also assisting in the project.
"It will give the boys great exposure to match themselves against the likes of Braith Anasta and Willie Mason and when the local comp begins we'll be able to be successful against the other Group 2 teams," he said.
"The pre-season training has been fantastic and we'll start the year as one of the fittest clubs in the competition."
Davis has recruited far and wide with a flood of players lining up to pull on the Bronco colours.
Notable signings include grand final team mates Cameron Blair and Edward Vale-Tighe of Macksville, rugged prop forward Alf Atkinson from Macleay Valley Mustangs and utility Deon Marr from Coffs Harbour Comets.
Another notable signing is Bert Gray from Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo it will be the eighth club for one of the Group's most enigmatic players.
The club will play out of Verge Street Stadium in rotation with Macleay Valley after a deal to use Smithtown Oval couldn't be struck for this season.
An official launch will take place at a black tie dinner at Kempsey-Macleay RSL on January 19 to be attended by league greats Arthur Beetson, David Peachey, Preston Campbell and Owen Craigie.