Looking ahead . . . Coffs Harbour Comets youngsters, Brynjar Ragnarsson, left, and Pat Brennan have received a huge boost to th
Looking ahead . . . Coffs Harbour Comets youngsters, Brynjar Ragnarsson, left, and Pat Brennan have received a huge boost to th

Broncos sign Comets youngsters

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

THE disappointment of losing the Group 2 Under 18s grand final has been softened a little for two of the talented members of the Coffs Harbour team.

Prop Brynjar Ragnarsson and backline player Pat Brennan have been given a chance to make a life that most young boys dream about turn into a reality now that they've been asked to move to Brisbane and become part of the Broncos program.

Both boys were selected from DVD's sent up of the two games the Comets under 18s played in this year's finals series.

Originally the Broncos were watching Ragnarsson but Brennan quickly caught their eye after going unnoticed throughout the season.

For Ragnarsson, the invitation is a result of years of hard work for the Jetty High student that has seen him now take another step towards an ambition that he has harboured for a lengthy period now.

Brennan's story is the exact opposite.

Good enough to be selected for a tour of Argentina with the NSW Country development team in union, he only made the switch over to league at the start of this season.

The John Paul student couldn't believe his luck when a phone call from Ivan Henjak came through asking him to become part of the club.

"I haven't even been thinking about playing football much, so this is real unexpected," he admitted.

"I pretty much planned what I was going to do next year, take a year off and working before going to Uni.

"But now this has come up so I don't know what I'm going to be doing.

"I never really thought about playing football after school but now it's something I can do."

The phone call from Henjak was short and sweet for Brennan but he got an idea how he caught the Broncos eye from the conversation.

"He basically said that he was happy with my running, he thought that I was from an athletics background," he said.

"He also said that he was happy with my speed and my size and added that if I could work on that, bulk up a bit more than we've got stuff to work with."

Ragnarsson who gave some powerhouse peeformances this year in the front row actually had a face to face meeting with Henjak and got an added surprise at the meeting.

"I went down to Nambucca and had a meeting with Ivan Henjak and met Wayne Bennett as well," the prop said.

"That was pretty cool, he's always been someone I've wanted to meet as he's a pretty good coach."

A chat with the Brisbane and Australian coach was a highlight of his life and the Comet couldn't believe that Bennett was taking an interest in his goals and ambitions.

"He just gave me options and asked if I was willing to move somewhere and finding out if I wanted to make footy my career," he explained

"They basically just wanted to know what I wanted to do."

The pair are set to go to Brisbane in January where their new football direction will start with a six day training camp and after that is anybody's guess.



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