POSITION SWITCH: Ghosts’ Cameron Stewart was the pick of the players in his new hooker role during the Ghosts’ trial match against Murwillumbah.
POSITION SWITCH: Ghosts’ Cameron Stewart was the pick of the players in his new hooker role during the Ghosts’ trial match against Murwillumbah. Debrah Novak

New recruits impress in first league trial

RUGBY LEAGUE: Grafton Ghosts' captain-coach Ben McLennan has one hell of a headache, but it is one he welcomes.

The Ghosts had their first hit-out in a trial against Murwillumbah Mustangs at Frank McGuren Field on Saturday without star pairing Khan Williams and Adam Slater.

But the absence of the back row duo was barely felt by the Grafton side with several players, including former Lower Clarence Magpie James Hughes, ready to prove themselves worthy of a starting position.

Fullback-cum-dummy half prospect Cameron Stewart was a standout performer for the Ghosts in his new role, as Robbie Howard slotted in at the back for the blue and whites.

"The biggest issue heading into the trial for our side was match fitness and that is what we wanted to work on," McLennan said.

"We have got plenty of halves and I have back rowers coming out my rear end at the moment. It is becoming a headache but a headache you want to have.

"Cameron Stewart was my best player on the weekend, he is killing it so far this season, he is playing some of the best footy I have ever seen."

Ghosts new halves pairing Jayden Connors and former Coffs Harbour Comet Nick Monckton impressed with their structure and kicking game against the Mustangs.

But with former halves combination Raih Woodley and Blake Winmill still within the Ghosts ranks there is hot competition for the spots.



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