Woolgoolga snare top class forward
By GREG WHITE
THERE'S no other way to put it but Woolgoolga Rugby League Club have pulled off one of the biggest coups of their long history.
The Seahorses have snared the signature of 24 year old Xavier Sullivan, not just the hottest front row prospect in bush football but the subject of fruitless pursuit by every chief executive in the NRL.
"We became friends when we played together at Belrose in the Manly juniors," club president Chris Hughes said.
"He almost came down this year but decided to honour his contract with South Grafton Rebels.
"Money is not a consideration as he just wants to play under John Cross."
Affectionately known as 'Dozer', the 132kg man mountain has become a cult figure in Group 1 and the most talked about club player in a decade.
"No risk, he's something special," Hughes said.
"Not just for his physical presence but for his mannerisms and personality.
"He starts off running with dolly steps before hitting top speed and tearing defences to pieces."
Somebody who knows Sullivan well is his former South Grafton boss, Matt Donovan.
The incoming Orara coach told the Coffs Coast Advocate in confidence weeks ago of his attempts to lure the big man down the highway but now finds himself trumped by Woolgoolga.
"Matty will know what he's missing out on, that's for sure," Hughes said.
But there is a downside.
Hot on the heels of the Sullivan signing comes news of the loss of star halfback David Toomey.
"Dave is going home," Hughes confirmed, "so the position of Arthur Murray's partner in crime becomes available."
Despite rumours the Seahorses are in the middle of a buying frenzy, Hughes says the stories are well off beam.
"We are in the market for a quality centre and that's it."
"No sense throwing money around like confetti.
"Who we need and what we need are in place and anyone who approaches us in the future are merely a bonus."