THE Emerald Cowboys has a fresh look to kick off its 2012 season campaign, with the backing of a new coach and new captain for round one of the Central Highlands competition against the Clermont Bears tomorrow evening.
Incoming Cowboys' vice president James Verzeletti said the club hopes to have the edge this year through sticking by the basics.
"We haven't gone and bought any players, or got anyone mine jobs or any flash Queensland Cup players. We've just got a group of young men that want to play footy," Verzeletti said.
"Hopefully we're competitive, that's the main thing and we'll work with that."
Led by new coach and personal trainer RJ Stewart, there are plenty of assurances the Cowboys will field a fit, mobile and well-directed side in the coming months.
"We picked up a lad Toddy Williams last year, a bloke who we found down playing touch football," Verzeletti said.
"He's our captain this year and a real leader. He talks to the boys well and leads them up front."
AFTER a lack-lustre performance last season, stability will be key this year for the Cowboys, with big hopes resting on young shoulders.
"We've got our core group of players but it's a very new side," Verzeletti said.
"We ended up fourth or fifth last year - we just want to be consistent this year."
Despite losing a pre-season trial match against Calliope Roosters, Verzeletti said there was still much to be gained from the hit-out.
"Even though we lost the game 20-16, I was really impressed with the boys' defence. Probably defensively we're very strong this year."