Hartmann is all set to pack it in
HE'S classed as one of the best centres in the NRRRL but today against Casino, Ghosts' Aaron Hartmann will be sticking his head into the scrum.
Most backs move into the engine room for two reasons: loss of pace, or a sudden increase in body mass.
But for the 25-year-old Grafton High teacher he still has speed to burn and weight is not an issue.
First grade coach Col Speed has shown during trial games this season he's not afraid to experiment with players in different positions.
Against Orara Valley in a recent trial game Hartmann wore the number six jumper in a bid to get his hands on the ball more.
At Maclean Showground on Saturday in Round 2 of the pre-season competition Hartmann will pack into the back-row and according to the man himself he can't wait.
“I'm looking forward to being closer to the action. It will be something different but I have played there before,” Hartmann told the Examiner during the week.
“I played second-row when I was in Newcastle in the Premier League competition so I suppose I've done it all before.
“It actually feels more natural to be in the back-row at training after playing in the centres for the past three years.”
With so many talented back-rowers at Speed's disposal Hartmann admits finding a permanent spot in the scrum won't be easy.
“To be honest I prefer playing in the second-row; a change is as good as a holiday,” Hartmann said.
“However, we have so many good second-rowers at the club so I'm not sure if I'll end up there ... but I'll give it a crack.”
After accounting for Evans Head 16-0 in Round 1 of the Charity Shield the 2010 premiers will once again be without the services of several key players.
“We have four or five out again this week due to a wedding and representative duties,” Hartmann said.
“It will give us a good idea on our depth and also give players an opportunity to impress.”
In their Round 1 clash Casino drew with Kyogle 22-all.