Britt’s Meats at Tweed South boasts a formidable footy fraternity.
Britt’s Meats at Tweed South boasts a formidable footy fraternity. John Gass

Former footy boys carve careers

IF THERE was a business houses rugby league competition in this neck of the woods, you'd be a fool not to back Britt's Meats to win the premiership by as far as Luke Covell can punt a ball.

Nine current or former high-class footballers are flat out every working day at Len Britt's Tweed South butchery, cutting through slabs of meat with the same ease as they used to slice through opposition defences on football fields.

"It is just coincidence that they played footy and were also butchers," said Len Britt.

By age, a couple of the fellas are past their prime as footballers but working at Britt's Meats has ensured they have retained much of their fitness - they wouldn't let the Britt's Butcher Boys down if we could scrabble up a business houses competition.

Three of the fellas are still involved with the Murwillumbah Mustangs, which will campaign as one of the gun teams in the 2012 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League - coach and former player Troy McLean, halfback and skipper Nathan Jordan, and new recruit, hulking prop forward Tim James.

Gary Scott was a classy back rower for many seasons with Murwillumbah Brothers, Frank King was a quicksilver winger with Tweed Seagulls and Bilambil, Brad Scott fed the scrums and weaved his magic for Cudgen and Simon Britt, Len's son, played forward for Bilambil and South Tweed.

Jimmy Palmer, who had the day off when the photo was taken, honed his craft with Cudgen before taking his skills to Sydney where he played grade with Cronulla.

And that brings us to Marty Quinn, footballer extraordinaire and not bad with a meat cleaver.

A tall, rangy prop during his playing days, Marty won first grade player of the year awards in Group 6 at Camden, Group 2 (Coffs Harbour) and in the old Group 18.

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