Lazarus declares Jets' cup ambition

By LEE GASKIN

FIVE-TIME first-grade premiership player Glenn Lazarus has declared Ipswich Jets have found the formula needed to take out this year's Queensland Cup.

The former Australian and New South Wales enforcer made the comments at the Jets season launch at the Neville Bonner Sporting Complex on Friday night.

Lazarus, now an assistant coach with the Jets' top side, admitted the club overachieved in making the semi-finals of last year's competition.

But he was confident astute recruiting, combined with a blistering pre-season, would have the Jets in contention come the business end of the season.

"With who we had last year we probably did as well as we could in making the semis," said Lazarus, in responding to a question from the night's mc, Fox Sports commentator Mark Braybrook.

"That's not the case this year. We've held on to most of last year's squad and brought in players who will strengthen areas we weren't as strong in.

"Our goal is to win the comp, and barring injuries there's no reason why we can't."

The Jets begin their Queensland Cup season when they host Wynnum Manly Seagulls at the Neville Bonner Sporting Complex this Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Jets FOGS Cup team warmed up for Saturday's season opener with a nail-biting 20-18 victory against Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Goodna yesterday.

In other games Ipswich Colts were beaten 26-22 by Sunshine Coast and a combined Jets FOGS Cup/Colts team defeated a Goodna Reserves/under-18s side 40-8.

Make sure to read Saturday's QT for some of the more "hypnotic" moments from the Jets season launch.



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