TALENTED: Jai Parter, Mason Collette, James Cody, Will Simpson, Jacob Jahnke with captain Logan Pengelly in the middle. Absent were Ryan Fett and Lachlan Andrews. All eight players are in the Central Crows U18 Mal Meninga squad.
TALENTED: Jai Parter, Mason Collette, James Cody, Will Simpson, Jacob Jahnke with captain Logan Pengelly in the middle. Absent were Ryan Fett and Lachlan Andrews. All eight players are in the Central Crows U18 Mal Meninga squad. Mike Richards GLA161216RUGU

Big honours for local players

RUGBY LEAGUE: Eight of the best Gladstone and Boyne Island-Tannum Sands players have been chosen in the initial Central Crows U18 Mal Meninga squad for the 2017 season.

And Gladstone Wallaby's Logan Pengelly has been chosen as captain and he joins the local contingent of Ryan Fett, Mason Collette, James Cody, William Simpson, Jai Parter, Lachlan Andrews and Jacob Jahnke.

"I found out on Monday and it's going to be a privelige to be the captain and be playing,” Logan, 17, said of his appointment.

The Central Crows recruitment zone stretches from Emerald to Toowoomba and through to Roma, Chinchilla, Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Logan took part in a training camp in Bundaberg which tested the players physically and mentally - aspects required to become a part of a pathway that may lead to NRL level.

"The first day of the camp was based on skills and technique and the second day was about game preparation,” Logan said.

With two more camps in February before the first game in March, positions in the final team are still not guaranteed.

And during this festive season, the young men need to be up to the required level of fitness.

"There are five players who will be dropped and we just need to be up to date with our fitness and techniques,” Logan said.

He said the Wallaby's have been massive in his development in a sport which began when he was six.

"Wallaby's have helped me out a lot with financial assistance and they have always helped me out,” Logan said.

Gladstone Rugby League chairman Richard Duff said it was a big process to assemble the squad of 30.

"The Crows is now a development side for the CQ Capras and it's a great concept,” Duff said.

"Capras coach Kim Williams will have the chance to look at these players.”

Duff also said Logan's leadership skills were impressive.

"Logan Pengelly is a good example of local talent,” Duff said.

Gladstone's Willy Waia and Logan Mossman did not make the squad despite good performances in the trials.

Central Crows U18 squad

Logan Pengelly (captain) Gladstone; Tom Eddie, Roma; Nathan Callaghan, Roma; Gus Roberts, Clermont; Benji Neliman, Chinchilla; Kade Tennyson, Chinchilla; Zac Walters, Kingaroy; Kirby Rubesaame, Kingaroy; Jackson Mladenovic, Blackbutt; Errol Simpson, Cherbourg; Thomas, Springate Nanango; Dylan Quinn, Point Vernon; Tarryn Johnson, Hervey Bay; Tiko Hooper, Hervey Bay; Brandan Clayton, Maryborough; Kodi McConnell, Maryborough; Ryan Fernie, Maryborough; Ryan Fett, Boyne Island; Harrison McIndoe, Emerald; Christopher Gibbs, Bundaberg; Jack Larter, Bundaberg; Layton Chambers, Bundaberg; Brendan Stewart, Bundaberg; Rece Hansen, Bundaberg; Mason Collette, Gladstone; James Cody, Gladstone; William Simpson, Gladstone; Jai Parter Gladstone; Lachlan Andrews, Tannum Sands; Jacob Jahnke, Tannum Sands