Maryborough Brothers legend to lead Qld Rangers
A MARYBOROUGH Brothers life member will lead Queensland Rangers into its annual battle against New South Wales.
Glen Dreger said he was honoured to be offered the chance to coach the Rangers, who will play the NSW Ron Massey Cup rep team on June 25.
Dreger has a long history at Maryborough Brothers.
"I spent most of my junior life there,” Dreger said.
"I had some success in juniors but once I started playing senior footy we an amalgamated team.
"Mum and dad are life members, and my son (Alex) coaches the A-grade team.”
Dreger is one of two Fraser Coast connections in the Rangers squad with Hervey Bay junior Sam Burns selected at hooker.
Burns is one of the eight QRL State Carnival-winning Central Crows to make the cut, but Dreger said the side's success had nothing to do with representation.
"We picked the best players for the positions,” he said. "I think we have a really strong side with a very strong forward pack.
"I phoned each of the players individually (on Tuesday night) and they were all excited.
"It was a very hard comp with very close games. It was tough to pick a side.”
Dreger coached several Rangers during his time as Sunshine Coast Falcons coach, including former Waves Tiger Rueben Baillie.
"I'm lucky to get the Rangers job. It was very unexpected but I'm really excited and passionate about the opportunity,” Dreger said. "Hopefully we can perform on the day.”
Dreger said Dalby lock Jason Wardrop and Redcliffe front-rower Nathan Watts were two players to watch.
The Rangers will go into camp on June 21 ahead of the Pizzey Park, Burleigh, clash on June 25.