Mercys set to help Rhinos in 2009
THE list of rugby league clubs Ken and Ray Mercy have represented together reads like a short novel.
It seems all it takes is a quick phone call to convince one or the other to pack up their lives and move to a new club.
Some might call it brotherly love, but the Mercys said they simply knew they could rely on each other in the heat of battle.
“Anything that happens on the footy field he knows I'm there for him and vice versa,” Ken said.
“I know (Ray) he'll do his best to win the game ... that's why I'm glad I got him.”
“It's good to know you that you've got somebody else who will bust their butts too out there with you,” Ray added.
The Mercy brothers will once again don the same jersey, with Ray joining his older brother Ken at the Grafton Rhinos for the 2009 Northern Rivers Rugby League season.
Ken played with the Rhinos in the club's inaugural year in 2008 and had no hesitation in putting a good word to his brother once the Rhinos showed an interest in bringing Ray to the club.
“The club kept asking me about Ray all the time,” Ken said.
“So I said (to Ray) 'If you come down this way we'll see what we can do'.”
Ray, who has played for the Lower Clarence Magpies and the now defunct South Grafton Rebels locally, as well as the North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels in the National Rugby League competition, said he was looking forward to putting in the 'hard yards' and adding his vast experience to the Rhinos' squad.
“I want to show the younger blokes that it's not the flash football that wins games, it's doing the little things right,” he said.
“It's all fundamentals that win games now .... things you are doing 60-70 per cent of the game.”
Ken described the Rhinos as a 'good club with a 'good atmosphere'. He said the club's 2008 campaign suffered due to the uncertainty which permeated throughout the Grafton rugby league environment.
“Last year we really wanted to get to the semi-finals, but we just missed out,” he said.
“All the stuff that was happening around Grafton was confusing for everyone ... we didn't start training until really late.
“Saying that, I think this year will be a lot better than last season.”
“Anything that happens on the footy field he knows I'm there for him and vice versa.”