Brothers in arms
By STEVE SPINKS
PAUL Latta has left Brothers for his brother.
A stalwart of so many prem-iership-winning Marist Brothers rugby league teams, the flying back has joined the team that vanquished the Brethren in the Group One grand final last year ... Mullumbimby.
Latta was drawn to the Giants because his brother David Latta is coaching the defending premiers for a second year.
"Last year I stayed with Brothers because David said he was only going to coach (Mullum) one year and one year only," Latta said.
"It was also Krausey's (five-eighth David Krause) last year and I've been playing footy with him for the past 10 years or so.
"But now that David's coaching again this year I thought I'd give it a go."
The 30-year-old still admitted it was a difficult decision to make.
"It took me three months to think it through," Latta said.
"Club loyalty or family loyalty?
"But when it came to the crunch if I retired at the end of this year or the year after and never played when David was coaching I knew I'd regret it."
Now in his 13th year of first- grade league, Latta admitted his older brother had pressured him a little bit into changing clubs.
"He'd drop little hints all the time," Latta chuckled.
But don't think that now he has joined the Giants the coach will be going easy on him.
"No, definitely not," the financial planner said.
"When I told David I was going to play at Mullum he said why don't you come up and enjoy a session of touch footy and hang out.
"I got up there and we did an hour of hill sprints."
Marist Brothers president Steve Campbell and Krause have wished their former club secretary all the best with his new club.
David Latta is just ecstatic that he'll get to boss around his little brother this year.
Latta and Brett Archibald are the Giants' two major off-season signings and there may be more to come.
"We have a couple on the hook and we just need to drag them in," David Latta said.
Latta's arrival could offset the loss of outstanding centre Glen Godbee and fullback Murray Brown.
Godbee is playing with a new team in England called the Blackpool Panthers, while Brown is heading over this week in the hope of getting a game with his former team-mate.
Godbee impressed Panthers officials when he scored the debutant club's first ever try recently.