Brand-new head for Comets

FOR the second time in two seasons the Coffs Harbour rugby league club has elected a new president, weeks out from the start of the competition.

In 2008, David Velt replaced Dion Dawes, while this week it was the colourful Velt who stepped down in favour of long-time player and administrator, Ken Hoad.

The traditional 'business and family commitments' was the nominated reason why each stood aside but there's no disputing both men made significant improvements to the club and their collective legacy is to have the club poised to launch its best tilt at premiership honours since the turn of the century.

“I can't praise Velty enough,” Hoad revealed.

“After all the work he's done it must have been tough for him to call it quits but we're in a great position and people are continuing to put their hands up to offer support.

“Player-wise we're very strong and ready to make our mark on the competition and that's due to everyone pulling together and fantastic work done over the last year and a bit.”

Former president Ian Trengove has also been enticed back to the committee and said Hoad is a first-rate choice for arguably the toughest job in local football.

“Ken has earned this and I think he'll surprise a few people how well he does the job,” Trengove said.

As a last hurrah on the eve of his resignation, Velt stunned the Group 2 world by announcing he'd obtained the services of Matt Donovan and Brett Davis who despite their veteran status, remain the two most prized players in local league.

Davis and Donovan revealed yesterday they've been revitalised by the switch of clubs.

“I was happy to call it quits after winning the grand final because for most of last season, I felt I was going through the motions,” Donovan said.

“When this opportunity came up, especially when Brett said he was interested, it got me thinking about footy again and fitness-wise, I'm in the best condition for a decade.”

Davis said that at this stage of his brilliant career, the biggest motivation was being able to play beside emerging youngsters and be in a position to offer something positive to their development.

One of those young players is 18-year-old son Greg, who's back from the south coast in search of a run alongside his famous father.

“I don't want to pressure him but Matt and I are offering advice and it would be a great thrill if we were all to play together in the same side,” Davis said.

The Comets will continue their renaissance under new coach Mick Rowles this Sunday when they visit old rivals Orara Valley at Coramba.

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