Gympie’s Darren Burns makes some metres against Caloundra in August last year.
Gympie’s Darren Burns makes some metres against Caloundra in August last year. BRETT WORTMAN

Return of the general lifts Devils

HERE come the troops ... and the general.

The Gympie Devils may have limped to a lacklustre start to the year, but coach John Greensill says they are readying to make a late-season charge after the return of some of their marquee players and the shock comeback of Darren Burns, the club’s favourite son.

Burns, who played in the NRL for seven seasons, retired at the end of last season after leading the Devils to the Caloundra RSL Cup premiership.

After returning to training last week, the 38-year-old is preparing to play in the side’s grand final replay against Nambour in two weeks.

The side has made a mixed start to its premiership defence, winning just three of its first seven games, but seemingly turned the corner last week with a win over ladder-leader Caloundra.

“It has been a slow start, but we’ve had probably our three best players out. It makes you reassess things,” Greensill said.

“Hopefully, we can make a charge from here.”

Greensill is expecting captain Trent Callaghan to return as early as tomorrow’s match with Bribie Island.

Chris Kayler and Ben Ashford both returned from injury in the past fortnight.

Highly touted winger/fullback Josh Williams (knee) is two weeks away from coming back and Danny McMah (knee) is four weeks off.

 

GAME DAY:

BRIBIE ISLAND v GYMPIE

Bernie Foley Oval, Tomorrow, 6.30pm



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