Grant Brown, centre, tries to make a powerful run for the Lower Clarence Magpies against the Casino Cougars last season. Brown is now among the Cougars’ ranks and will be out to help his side to a win over Kyogle today
Grant Brown, centre, tries to make a powerful run for the Lower Clarence Magpies against the Casino Cougars last season. Brown is now among the Cougars’ ranks and will be out to help his side to a win over Kyogle today Debrah Novak

Briggs the X-Factor

THE return of three local juniors is just one thing Casino Cougars rugby league coach Troy McLean is excited about this season.

David Briggs, Grant Brown and Adam Hollis have all returned to the club in 2013 and will play in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League clash with the Kyogle Turkeys at New Park, Kyogle, this afternoon.

Since leaving Casino the trio has played at four other NRRRL clubs between them.

McLean is in his first season coaching the Cougars after leading the Murwillumbah Mustangs to a premiership last year.

"Getting all the local talent back was something I wanted when I decided to take the job here," McLean said.

"It's something to build on and you need as much local talent as you can get."

Briggs last played for Kyogle when he was in the NRRRL in 2011 before a season in Ipswich.

He is a genuine game-breaker and will add spark to a backline lacking flair in recent years.

"Briggsy has been training great and he is that x-factor in our side," McLean said.

"The sheer speed and electrifying pace he hits the line at is wonderful to watch.

"Fullback suits him; he can inject himself whenever he sees an opportunity."

McLean knows it won't be easy against a Kyogle side that had an impressive 36-10 win over Lower Clarence in the first round.

The Cougars were on the end of a 28-24 loss to the Evans Head Bombers.

They did well to fight back after being down 22-6 at half-time.

"We were level with about 10 minutes to go and the boys showed a lot of character to get back in the contest," McLean said.

"Kyogle is a tough gig and we're definitely in for a game."

Under-18s will kick off at 3pm and first grade about 5.45pm.



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