Forward thinking at the Comets
WHEN Coffs Harbour plays its opening trial match at Advocate Park on March 12, the Comets will be hoping it can unveil a revamped forward pack.
The club has secured the signatures of Kristian Kelly from Port Macquarie and George Jarrett who was devastating when he played for Dunghutti in 2008.
Now the Comets are trying to sign 2009 Coffs Coast Advocate player of the year James Livock.
The Nambucca Heads prop has expressed a desire to play with Coffs Harbour this year but the move from Coronation Park is not a fait accompli.
The Roosters have told Coffs Harbour officials they will not clear Livock to join Coffs Harbour as the club is owed money by the powerful forward.
If Livock’s wish for a clearance is granted for this season the Comets could attack the competition with gusto.
Full of confidence after reaching last year’s Group 2 grand final, Coffs believes the extra grunt up front could carry it a step further in 2011.
Especially if the touted move of playmaker Troy Robinson into the back row comes to fruition.
A renowned talent, moving Robinson into the forwards could let him transition from magical half into damaging ball-playing forward every bit as successful as Paul Davis and Bert Gray have been over the past decade.
A pack that features Jarrett, Kelly and Robinson in the back row combined with forward power from Livock and current props Josh Fox and Andrew Miller could see Coffs Harbour remain a very dangerous opponent this season.