Origin forward to join Coolum Colts squad
The Coolum Colts this week announced the signing of former Australian and Queensland State of Origin forward Wayne Bartrim for the rest of the 2008 C grade season.
Bartrim will join his former Origin teammate Dale Shearer as a senior player in the Colts squad.
Colts director of senior operations Bob McGrath said having a player of Wayne Bartrim’s stature at the club was very exciting.
“First of all, off the field it is no secret that we are pushing the league hard to be included in the A grade, and Wayne’s signing comes on the back of the recent signing of Peregian Springs and the Peregian Beach Hotel as sponsors,” McGrath said.
“This shows the league that the greater Coolum business community supports us financially and that we have the ability to attract top-level players to the club."
Bartrim has played nearly 300 A grade games for the Gold Coast, St George and St George Illawarra, English Super League side Castleford, Queensland and Australia. McGrath said having Bartrim alonside Shearer would not only be good for the under-18 players the club was blooding but would also make the team more competitive.
“At the start of the season it was like we were in a fairytale and everything we touched turned to gold."
“But since the start of the season proper, the weekly grind of football has seen us with more than our share of injuries and this has seen us come back to the pack a bit,” McGrath said.
“While we are still winning, we are not showing the authority on the field that we did at the start of the season and Wayne’s presence will no doubt take our play up a level as we head into the last half of the season and push for the title.”