GOOD INFLUENCE: Melbourne Storm player Jaiman Lowe (left), pictured with brother Ben, signed with the Moranbah Miners.
GOOD INFLUENCE: Melbourne Storm player Jaiman Lowe (left), pictured with brother Ben, signed with the Moranbah Miners. Kevin Farmer

Former Storm player signs with Moranbah Miners in 2013

THE Moranbah Miners are on the hunt for a grand final victory this year, signing former Melbourne Storm player Jaiman Lowe for the 2013 season.

"We are happy to have him; he's a great addition for the club," club president Steven Williamson said.

"It's great to have him around the club, especially with the younger players. We will be expecting big things this year."

The Lowe family moved to Moranbah shortly after he finished his contract with the NRL final winners.

Williamson said Lowe could be the clinching factor for the Miners this season, after they went down by four points in the grand final in 2012.

Williamson said tackling size and the ability to go forward let the side down. "With Jaiman we should improve our chances," Williamson said. "He has helped a great deal already."

Williamson hopes Lowe will bring some of the culture from Melbourne Storm and, with the combination of some good coaches, see a club championship in all three grades.

"Melbourne Storm is always a well disciplined side," Williamson said. "The influence will rub off on younger players."

Neil Budworth, recently returned from playing in the four nations tournament in the UK, is close to signing with the Miners as Williamson said he was 95% sure he would play.

"He's pretty good as well, it's good to get a player of his calibre too," he said.

Williamson also confirmed Ben Cole, Mackay Cutters backrower, has secured employment in the area and joined the Miners.

"He will play for us this year, he's strong and will add a bit of mongrel," Williamson said.

There is also hope Matt Lockyer, Darren Lockyer's brother, and Matty Mutall will sign with the side.

In addition to Lockyer and Mutall, Williamson said there were also a few New Zealand players looking to come on side.

"We have some players pop up out of the blue," he said. "We have a couple of young players who are stepping up.

"Zac Walker is a strong outside back. His brother Blake had a serious knee injury but is on the comeback. He had an excellent year last year."

He said the biggest problem for the team wasn't the transient workforce but finding accommodation.

"It's (rent) dropped a fair bit now, places have dropped by 50% now. It's still a whack of rent but a lot better than 12 months ago," he said.

Former captain Josh Hannay is moving into a coaching position and Williamson said his experience with the club was invaluable.

"We are expecting a very successful year on and off the field," he said.


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