Harney takes flight on the Coast

GYMPIE rugby league star Jake Harney is making a name for himself, proving that not even injury will hold him back this year after signing with the Sunshine Coast Falcons rugby league team.

As a born and bred Gympie boy, for Jake the decision to join the Gympie Devils was obvious.

He played for the club from the age of six to 17, strongly influenced by his brother Ben's involvement in the sport and father Ross, a player in his own right and rugby league coach.

Some of Harney's proudest achievements include making the Queensland side through school football at Gympie State High School and, during his final year at school, making the Sunshine Coast football grand final at the age of 17.

Another memorable moment included making the grand final as a player in the Wynnum-Manly team against the Coolum Colts during his two years playing for the club which led to unexpected opportunities.

With an offer from the Cronulla Sharks and what looked like a promising football career ahead, a shoulder injury was the last thing Harney expected.

The unfortunate fractured shoulder put his football prospects on hold last year, however plenty of rest and surgery in March last year helped him on his road to recovery and hopefully towards another great season.

He moved to the Sunshine Coast three months ago to pursue his next football opportunity after signing with the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Although continuing to see a physiotherapist, and seeing a specialist in Brisbane next week for updates on the injury, Harney says "training is looking a lot better than last year".

A recurring injury is a constant risk but the talented young player strongly believes he is ready to take on a new season by keeping to his thoroughly practised routine and sticking to what he knows.

If the half back finds his position in the Falcons' side he will most likely sign a dual registration with the Northern Outlaws this year, keeping one boot in his home town.

Harney's goals in the near future include playing as many Queensland Cup football games as he can and doing his state proud.

Gympie Times


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