Heaton gets promoted

MITCH Heaton will wear the coveted number six jersey in A-grade for the first time tonight when the Devils take on the Nambour Crushers in Nambour.

Heaton has been promoted to five-eight after the mid-season retirement of veteran Craig Marshall with a neck injury.

Coach Kris Kahler was in a quandary at the start of the week, wondering who was going to take on the role with Marshall out of the team and Nick Swan also injured.

He said Heaton had been playing well in a utility roll for the Devils and now he would get his chance to stand up this weekend.

"On Tuesday night I spent a bit of time with him going over a few things about the role," Kahler said.

"He looked comfortable in training and did a good job so we will stick to what we are doing."

Kahler said despite a long list of injuries, the Devils were putting a good team on the paddock.

Another boost for Kahler was the return of Kane Ernst into the top side.

Ernst has been battling a knee injury and hasn't played this season.

He will slot into the centres.

That move will push Ben Ashford onto the wing and Ben Santowski back to fullback to cover for the injured Swan.

Kahler said Ernst would give the Devils a bit more experience in defence on the right side.

"The way it has panned out, we have had all the experience on the left side of defence and Kane coming into the side should help out our right side a bit," he said.

"The side's not looking too bad considering the injuries."

The Devils play at 6.30pm.

 

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1 Ben Santowski

2 Trent Lovett

3 Kane Ernst

4 Danny McMah

5 Ben Ashford

6 Mitch Heaton

7 Dave Cutler

8 James Hogan

9 Ben Harney

10 Kris Kahler

11 Riley McDowall

12 Shaun Wilson

13 Billy Rogers

14 Tim Wyvill

15 Adam Starr

16 Reece Coleman

*One to be announced

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