PRIDE: Cobras player Zac Leota in action earlier in the year. The club has done well in its first season in A grade.
PRIDE: Cobras player Zac Leota in action earlier in the year. The club has done well in its first season in A grade. David Nielsen

Star fullback adds bite to Cobras venom

RUGBY LEAGUE: Eastern Cobras are building strongly to be a powerhouse club of the future with dazzling fullback Godfrey Okot a prime example.

In nine Ipswich A Grade fixtures this season, Okot has scored nine tries, including a hat-trick last week against Norths.

Reserve Grade coach Charlie Carney has watched Okot progress with pride after he started the year in the seconds squad.

"Godfrey is a very talented kid,” Carney said.

"He has strength and he is very deceptive. One minute you think you've got him and then he'll break the tackle. One game he also chalked up three tries in Reserve Grade.

"At the start of the year he was a bit quiet so we started him in Reserve Grade, but once we put him up to A Grade he's got his confidence and just taken off and grown into a top quality footballer.”

Carney said the club, which plays Brothers away tomorrow, had performed with distinction in its first year in A Grade.

"In the A Grade we have got a good wealth of young kids. There are only three or four over the age of 22,” Carney said.

"The plan is to hold them all and develop them into the future and they have shown this year they can compete. Last week they were leading after 20 minutes against Norths.”

This season the club has A Grade, Reserves, 19s and C Grade. There was a danger that by entering a side in A Grade, the reserves may falter but Carney has done an excellent job to take the club to fourth place and well in finals' contention.



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