Goondiwindi Boars sign international footballer Mark Offerdahl

Guy Morris, Mark Offerdahl and Ben Lovell at Wednesday night's training run.
Guy Morris, Mark Offerdahl and Ben Lovell at Wednesday night's training run.

Goondiwindi Rugby League Club has started its pre-season training for the upcoming 2019 Toowoomba Rugby League competition.

Boars president, Tony Carter, thanked the “local boys” for their enthusiasm with the early pre-season training and for their desire to sign-up once Mark Offerdahl was announced as coach.

To date the Boars have signed Carl Clements, Levi Wilson, Stewart Lowe, Will Carter, Adam Tribe, Jack Laidlaw, Joel Curry and Andrew Hoggart.

“The club would also like to introduce some new players, Nathan Tuiqali and Khaled Tamer,” Carter said.

“Nathan comes from Wentworthville and played in the Sydney Shield and is looking for new opportunities. He is engaged in an external nursing degree through university. He is a  front rower and is a former Parramatta Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup player.

“Khaled is a Sydney Bankstown junior and is a fourth-year diesel mechanic. He is also a front rower and had been named in the Mediterranean squad that played in the emerging nations tournament in Sydney this year.

“Both boys are in their early 20s but will bring some Sydney experience with them,” Carter said.

“Many thanks to Darren Cover and Robbie Hanna for their time and dedication in recruiting footballers to this area.”

The club has also announced their new coach - Mark Offerdahl - a local junior with plenty of first grade experience.

Offerdahl has finished a stint in England where he played for the London Broncos and Sheffield Eagles. He was also selected in the United States side and has been involved since 2011 and until recent years been named as captain of the US side.

“Mark is a qualified strength coach and nutritionist so we are sure he will help players reach their potential goals this season,” Carter said.

The club will also welcome back Scott Schultz, Brad Frost Matt Galvin, Robbie Hanna and McKenna Gibson as assistant coaches.

The footy season will kick off with the fourth annual Border Knock-out on February 16.

“We are pleased to announce that the Boars will be fielding our own side in the knock-out, which will be a first,” Carter said.

On March 2 the Boars will host a trial game in three grades against Pittsworth Danes and on March 9 they will travel to Caloundra Sharks for a trial.

The TRL competition starts on March 24 with a home game against Gatton Hawks.

“The club would like to thank all our sponsors that have come on board,” Carter said. “Maintaining your support is very difficult in this economic climate but we hope it will be rewarding this new season,” he said.

Training and sign-up is every Monday and Wednesday nights from 5.45pm until men’s touch is finished in February, when it will go back to Tuesday and Thursday nights. All new and past players are welcome.