The Mackay Cutters will welcome back former skipper Tyson Martin to the fold in 2018 as the team looks to build on last season’s positive momentum.
The Cutters finished the 2017 season just outside of finals contention, a strong improvement from their 2016 final standing where they ended the regular season at the bottom of the ladder.
Coach Steve Sheppard will be hoping Martin’s presence, along with the arrival of a number of exciting recruits will help offset the departure of a number of key performers; with players like Jordan Pereira (St George Illawarra) and Cooper Bambling (Canberra Raiders) taking up offers with NRL clubs.
The full list of gains and losses is below. *
Mackay Cutters 2018 Gains and Losses
Gains: Bailey Hartwig (Norths Devils), Jack Hickson (Woden Valley Rams), Tyson Martin (returning), Jordan Grant (Wests Tigers), Darcy Cox (Wests Tigers), Jack Brock (Northern Pride), Ryan Kinlyside (Souths Sharks Mackay), Walter Lauenstein (Runaway Bay Seagulls).
Losses: Jordan Pereira (St George Illawarra Dragons), Cooper Bambling (Canberra Raiders), Jack Blagbrough (Leigh Centurions), Andrew Davey (Townsville Blackhawks), Setaimata Sa (MDRL), Jake Eden (MDRL), Isaac Richardson (MDRL), Kouma Samson (off contract), Jacob Pottinger (off contract), Gareth Moore (off contract), Semisi Tyrell (off contract).
Where they finished in 2017: 8th
2018 coach: Steve Sheppard
*correct at time of publication
QRL Media will be featuring the Gains and Losses for the 2018 season for each of the Intrust Super Cup clubs in coming weeks. Stay tuned to QRL.com.au to see all the player movement.