THE Gympie Devils have been buoyed by the news ex-Gympie coach and Broncos player Darren Burns has been given the green light to play for the club.
There was some doubt Burns would be able to play for the Devils this season after conflict of interest concerns after he took a job as Burnett Leagues Operation Manager.
But this week the Sunshine Coast Rugby League voted unanimously to allow the hard running Burns to play for the Devils.
Coach John Greensil said the news could not come at a better time with the Devils off to the Caloundra RSL Nines competition at Maroochydore today.
“He is a great player – he makes the side,” Greensil said.
“His experience combined with Barry Berrigan should take the Devils to another level,” he said.
The coach said his team had been training well all week and were further buoyed by the news back rower Trent Callaghan would make a return to the team.
“He was our best and fairest player last year and we thought we may have lost him for the season due to a shoulder injury in a trial match,” Greensil said.
Luckily for the Devils the injury wasn’t as severe as first thought and he will return to further strengthen the side.
“Everything is coming together,” Greensil said.
“The Fijian and Kiwi imports have settled in well.”
He said the team went well in the trials and still weren’t full strength.
“The Nines is more about fitness and about intensity, but we are going down to win – we will be disappointed if we don’t make the finals,” Greensil said.
Devils squad for the Caloundra RSL Nines competition is 1. Michael Dodt, 2. Tobs (Ratu) Viravu, 3. Ben Ashford, 4. Danny McMah, 5. Jarryd Gorman, 6. Barry Berrigan, 7. Nick Swan, 8. Brad English, 9. Ben Harney, 10. Trent Callaghan, 11. Kane Ernst, 12. Josua Koroibulu, 13. Glenn Kennedy, 14. Lee Mason, 15. Riley McDowall, 16. Mitch Heaton, 17. Shaun Wilson, 18. Adam Kennedy, 19. Jack McCudden, 20. Reece Coleman.