Fine backline performance enhances Jets selection headache

JETS coaches Shane and Ben Walker have some major concerns following their trial match against Burleigh at Mudgeeraba on Saturday.

The concern is how they are going to narrow down their best 17 from such a high quality squad of players to choose from.

The trial was a contrast to the previous weekend’s high-scoring clash with Norths.

The Jets and Bears ended locked 4-all, but the number of opportunities the Ipswich team created had Shane Walker brimming with confidence for what is in store.

The fullback position is typical of the problem the Walkers face.

Goondiwindi recruit Brandon McGrady played the full game at the back in the top grade and was described by Walker as “outstanding”.

The position is up for grabs after last year’s fullback Javarn White moved to Rockhampton.

But also putting their hands up for a shot at the number one jersey are Brisbane Broncos signed prodigy Carlin Anderson, Wes Conlon and possibly Marmin Barba.

“It’s the first time in my years here we’ve had, in every position, at least two capable options,” Walker said.

Landon Hayes impressed Walker at hooker, with the club still not sure whether they will have the services of last year’s best and fairest Matt Parcell, who is still trialling with the Broncos.

Another to impress was Husky Teautau.

Teautau has joined the Jets from the Fassifern Bombers in the Ipswich Rugby League. “He’s very much a first grader,” Walker said of the versatile forward.

The Jets welcomed several experienced campaigners back to action on Saturday as well, in captain Keiron Lander, fellow forwards Kurtis Lingwoodock and Rod Griffin, Nemani Valekapa and Dane and utility Troy O’Sullivan.

“All the regular first graders played well,” Walker said.

It is what makes the coming trials, against Tweed Heads and PNG Hunters at North Ipswich on Saturday afternoon so important.

The Jets will play top grade trials against both, with the Walkers hoping to be a step closer to knowing their best team.

“There’s going to be a lot of headaches,” Walker said.

“We certainly don’t have our 17 pencilled in at the moment.”

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