Ben Harney is back from injury and ready for a huge 2012 for the Gympie Devils.
Ben Harney is back from injury and ready for a huge 2012 for the Gympie Devils. Craig Warhurst

Harney back on deck for Devils

Q. Welcome to One on One Ben, it's great to have you back on deck for the Devils in 2012, how's the shoulder?

A. It is all good. I had an operation to put two pins in the shoulder. It's fine and holding together.

Q. What was the injury?

A. Just a dislocation. I dislocated it about a dozen times in the space of six months and stretched all the tendons. I had a bit of bone taken off and the doctors reshaped the ball and socket in the operation and inserted the two screws to hold it all together.

Q. So you have no pain there now?

A. It's feeling good. I had a full pre-season for the first time in four years and have been in the gym building up strength.

Q. Has it been hard sitting on the sidelines watching the Devils go around?

A. The year we won the grand final (2010) was the hardest. I was named captain for the first game of the year and did my shoulder in, in the 35th minute of the first game.

I sat on the sidelines and watched them win a premiership.

Q. What about last year?

A. Last year was hard because my younger brother (Jake Harney) got to make his debut for A-grade.

I never got to play with him and now he has moved on to Brisbane to bigger and better things.

Q. Was that a goal of yours to play footy with Jake?

A. Yeah, I was going to have a run last year but didn't want to risk the shoulder. I missed out on that one.

Q. So what's your goal for this year?

A. I want to make the A-grade run-on side. I might have to start off the bench and work my way back into the side. A couple of guys have taken my position, I just have to work my way back into the side.

Q. If you had a choice, what position are you after?

A. Ideally I like to play at hooker, but I played five eight in the trial game against the Stags and enjoyed that.

I would love to get the run on hooker spot.

Q. How did you pull up after the Stags' game?

A. I was sore, but the shoulder was fine. The rest of the body was hurting more than my shoulder.

Q. How are the Devils looking for 2012?

A. We are looking good. It is nearly a whole squad of Gympie boys this year and we have a lot of good young players. There are 22 vying for 17 spots so some good players will miss out.

Our reserve-grade side is just as strong and should have a strong season.


Player profile

Name: Ben Harney

Age: 24

Born: Gympie

Favourite food: Lasagne

Favourite TV program: The In Betweeners

Favourite music: Rock

Sport you would play if not rugby league: Rugby Union

Funniest moment in sport: One of the funniest things is watching Devils' team-mate Reece Coleman play football, he is very funny. They way he talks and conducts himself on the field is hilarious.

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