Youngsters trial with Sydney City
By GREG WHITE
AN opportunity of a lifetime awaits three Comets Under 18 footballers when they display their wares in front of Sydney City talent scouts this weekend. While the injured David Woods will go on an exploratory meet and greet, Michael Spence and Brynjar Raggnarsson will take part in the trial matches set down for Wentworth Park, Ultimo. To say the lads are excited is an understatement. "The Roosters contacted Greg, my dad, and he didn't tell me till after we'd played Nambucca in the grand final," Michael said. "It's heaps good and a fantastic opportunity." Sharing Spence's enthusiasm is young Raggnarsson, seen by good judges as amongst the most exciting prospects to emerge from Group 2. "This is a great opportunity and I'm determined to give it my best shot," he said. The boy's club coach Troy Rawson is taking a close interest in their progress and continues to offer counsel. "I can't tell them often enough how important this weekend will be," Rawson advises. "They all have the ability to make it but it's not easy for bush kids. "The city is a different world where the way they live outside football is a culture shock." Continuing, Rawson believes mental attitude will play as much a role in their future as will ability. "Michael is very ambitious, as is Dave, and they want to do well." "Brynjar is different in that he's already got a great build yet still has a lot of growing to do. "He really has to focus his mind on what is opening up for him." The Rooster trial may be the first of many for the three young Comets as it's known other clubs from the big league are taking extreme interest in procuring their signatures.
Coffs Harbour Comets players Brynjar Raggnarsson and Michael Spence will play in trial matches in Sydney today vying for places with the Sydney City Roosters. Photo: CHRIS RIX 05092470A