Old name but new mentor

CQ Capras’ Trent Biles and 2012 coach John Harbin holding a jersey from the 1997 Capras team.
CQ Capras’ Trent Biles and 2012 coach John Harbin holding a jersey from the 1997 Capras team.

THE Central Queensland Comets will revert to its roots - rebranding the club with an old name but led by a new leader.

Now called the Central Queensland Capras, the Rockhampton-based club has appointed John Harbin as the senior coach for next year.

The changing of the guard comes on the back of a four-year stint by out-going coach Wayne Barnett, who in the eyes of club chairman Steve McCosker made significant contributions "under very difficult circumstances".

However, it's McCosker's belief that Harbin's appointment is the change the Capras need to rebuild in the state rugby league competition.

"Some really good people speak of John in revered terms," McCosker said.

"They have great respect for his values, his character, his knowledge and his ability to extract the very best from individuals and teams he coaches.

"He will solidify our affiliation with the Broncos because of his strong friendship with Paul White and Anthony Griffin who it seems regard him as a serious mentor from their younger days in Rockhampton.

"John understands we have some lofty ambitions for this club in 2012 and he has accepted the challenges of making Central Queensland seriously competitive during the next period."

McCosker's ambition for the club stretches far beyond a name change and new coach.

He wants to see the Capras emerge as one of the best in history.

"Our clear objective is to transform the Capras to the pinnacle of sporting clubs in Central Queensland and to develop a team that will rank in the club's history as one of the great teams to have represented Central Queensland."

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