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Ling back with Jets hunting Qld Cup success

Jacob Ling (right) and James Furminger enjoy a break during pre-seaon training with the Ipswich Jets.
Jacob Ling (right) and James Furminger enjoy a break during pre-seaon training with the Ipswich Jets. David Nielsen

HIS state ambitions may be modest but don't doubt the impact Jacob Ling's return will have on the Ipswich Jets.

After a year in Wollongong trying to break into the St George Dragons NRL squad, Ling has returned to bolster the Jets for 2013.

Ling returned because fiancée Ashleigh Wolens got a job as a nurse at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital.

Ling played the 2012 season with Dragons' NSW Cup feeder club Illawarra Cutters. The Cutters reached the NSW Cup semi-finals but the Dragons didn't come knocking.

It meant there was little reason to stay once Wolens had work available in Brisbane. "If something a bit more serious had come about, it might have been worth hanging around," the talented ball-playing second-rower said.

Ling admitted the first week of Jets' pre-season training had been tough and his primary goal is trying to nail a Queensland Cup spot for round one next year.

With Lorenzo Maafu having departed for the Parramatta Eels, there would appear to be a second row position with Ling's name on it.

But he knows he will have to earn it, despite being one of the Jets' best in 2010.

If he can cement his spot in the top grade, there is one more thing Ling would like from his 2013 season. "It would be good to win a grand final with them," he said.

There is no talk of an NRL contract, despite the interest shown by St George and the Gold Coast Titans before that.

"Everyone aspires to make it," the 25-year-old said. "But I'm no spring chicken any more in football terms.

"I'm a bit of a realist. I've probably missed the boat there. But if the opportunity came along, I'd still be keen to give it a crack."

Topics:  ipswich jets, queensland cup, st george dragons




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