Opportunities the key for Toowoomba as they focus on improvements

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There is no denying the Toowoomba Clydesdales have had a tough season so far this year, however coach Scott Hart is happy with the opportunities the club has been able to provide for their players.

“Some of our players have gone on to the NYC and development (squads) with the Broncos and the Titans,” Hart said.

“The boys can see there are opportunities there for them.

“We have young kids who finish with the Under 18s and then they have an ambition to play with us.

“We welcome any of those young boys to be involved. There needs to be an ambition to play and that’s what we hope to provide.”

Clydesdales hooker Tristan Hope recently represented Queensland in the Under 18 match played before Origin Game II and has brought a bit of spark back to the squad.

“He is such a tough competitor, who doesn’t give up and is one of our best players. You can notice when he is in the sheds with the boys and we are just so proud of what he has accomplished,” Hart said.

“Having young blokes in the side like Tristan who want to win and will do anything to win really lifts the whole team.”

With only four games left of the competition and a tough match this weekend against the Easts Tigers, the Clydesdales are really going to be giving it their all these next few weeks.

“We are going to be trying as hard as we can and hopefully we can finish the season on a positive note,” Hart said.

“Coaches speak about their players playing for each other, but not many actually do it. We have actually started to do that and I can see the boys improving because of it.

“We have a tough few weeks after we play Easts, we play Burleigh twice, the Devils and we are going to be playing each game as though it’s our grand final and giving it everything we have got.” 

Round 21 will kick off this Saturday with the Sunshine Coast Falcons taking on the Burleigh Bears.

Sunday will see the Souths Logan Magpies up against the Tweed Heads Seagulls, the Redcliffe Dolphins will host the Ipswich Jets and Wynnum Manly Seagulls will play the Norths Devils.