TOUCH: Touch in Bundaberg is in safe hands with the next generation of players coming through.
That's the message from Bundaberg's David Bonser, the Central Queensland coach.
Bonser will coach the Central Queensland Bulls B team in the men's T League competition at the nationals in Coffs Harbour in March.
The team features some of the best 15- and 16-year-olds from the region who will compete against sides with the best 19- and 20-year-olds from the country.
The Bulls B side is designed to help these players get towards that level in a couple of years.
In a strong sign for Bundaberg, four players have been selected: Blake Hornbrook, Cooper Morgensen, Nathan Cook and Tylen Wallace.
"We had six try out and five get in, which is a fantastic strike rate," Bonser said.
"Disappointingly last year we didn't have any teams go up, we only had one made it, which was Mitch (Anderson)."
Anderson will play in the A side, which is expected to win the tournament (right).
For the B squad the goals are a little different.
"The goals for our team are mainly development for those players looking to make the step up," Bonser said.
"One of the things we focus on is setting goals and executing what we want to execute.
"Our side, if we were able to sneak to a quarter-final as a B team, would be a fantastic achievement."
It's a view shared by both Wallace and Cook.
Both want to be playing on the last day of the tournament.
For now they are still savouring the thrill of being chosen.
"It was a little bit of a shock, there was a bit of talent in there," Cook said.
"We'll be running fitness sessions with the Bundy boys and we'll go to Rockhampton, because there is a lot of Rocky boys, to join up with them," Wallace said.
The quartet will be under the guidance of Bonser.
He said he wants the whole squad to be competitive at tournament despite not playing together all the time.
"I've given them a training program and a coach or elite player who is looking after those players in that area," Bonser said.
"There'll be three camps in the lead up to March.
"It's a good program we've run in Central Queensland and that's why we've been successful for so many years."
Bundaberg is also expected to have girls in the Central Queensland T League squad, which will be named soon after recent trials in Rockhampton.