Davis re-signs with Sea Eagles
By GREG WHITE
MACKSVILLE Sea Eagles have received a major boost on the eve of the 2007 season with news former captain-coach Paul Davis has re-signed as a player.
Carlton Mid Group 2 secretary Peter O'Grady - who remains an influential figure with his home club - reports the deal with Davis was done during a game of cricket.
"Actually, Paul was playing at Frederickton when the boys went down to see him," he said.
"When I told coach Max McGovern that night Paul was back on board it sent a real buzz through the club."
During the off-season, Davis has been a figurehead of Kempsey-based Dhunghutti Titans who are seeking to fill the gap left by Gimbisi Valley as the Group's tenth team.
The Titans were a noticeable non-starter at last weeks Tamworth meeting between Country Rugby League and the Aboriginal Nations Super League and with support growing among the clubs for their admission, the passage of Dhunghutti to the elite ranks of Group 2 from the start of 2008 is appearing more likely by the day.
"Titans official Fred Quinlan is a long-time manager at Macksville and we're really pleased he'll also be staying to support Paul," O'Grady said.
"Fred has always said he wants to work within the system and when you've worked with the boys as long as I have you respect their opinions and how they do things."
The decision by Davis and Quinlan to continue with the Sea Eagles in the interim period is expected to open the door to a host of former Gimbisi juniors who wish to stay in local league.
A second CRL-hosted meeting in Tamworth today to be attended by the Warriors is expected to 'green light' the proposed indigenous competition throughout New South Wales.
"From the time Gimbisi were refused admission we maintained the kids around Kempsey wouldn't be abandoned and we'd assist Dughutti with their application to come in at the end of the year," O'Grady said.
"Those who haven't transferred to Macleay Valley already or made up their minds to travel with Paul will get every assistance to find a new Group 2 club.
"If they wish to join Nambucca, Bellingen, the Sharks or whoever - we'll do everything in our power to help.
"The same applies if the clubs vote to admit them in their own right."