Magpies aim for early high

THE Lower Clarence Magpies have endured a tough few weeks, and in another blow to the proud club they just lost one of their key players and local junior prior to their first round game against Mullumbimby.

Lasts season’s premiership halfback Sam Woods has asked for a release from the Magpies and from all reports has all but signed with the Rhinos.

With the loss of Woods Magpies coach Rick Binge has promoted Theo Woods to the all-important lock forward position.

“I talked to Sam at length and I wish him all the best, “Binge said.

“Sam has family and work commitments in Grafton and travelling to training takes up a lot of his time.”

On a positive note the Magpies game against the Giants has been moved back to the Maclean Showground which, according to Binge, will ease some of the pain from recent events.

“The boys are used to playing at the Showground and feel at home there. It will be a lot less work for the committee who would have needed to move things to Yamba,” he said.

Binge said the Giants’ forward pack were their strength last season and he expects the same on Sunday.

“They are always strong up-front but I’m not sure how strong they are out wide,” he said.

The Magpies boast a large pack of forwards led by Clint Torrens and Ryan Binge.

And with Mikey Randall lurking out wide the club could pull off the first major upset of the season.

“We’re going into the game with a big pack with only our lock Theo Woods lacking in size,” Binge said.

“Theo has a nuggetty build and has a high work-load and will do a lot of tiding up around the big guys, he’s also very mobile which is a bonus.”

"The boys are used to playing at the Showground and feel at home there.



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