Prince flies in
SCOTT Prince says other former NRL players could be joining him next week when the Bundaberg Cup is held at the Duncan Touch fields.
The 2005 premiership player with the Wests Tigers, who played 300 matches in his NRL career, was trying to convince others to compete in the event with $20,000 on offer throughout the weekend.
With players having commitments, including work and other activities, Prince said he was in discussions with a number of players who have retired recently from first grade rugby league.
"I'm trying to round up a crew of recently retired NRL players in the last five years to play next week," he said.
"It's hard though, as they have commitments, but we'll have a decent team regardless of who we recruit to play."
Prince is still undecided on what competition he will play in, with mixed and men's open his options.
He says both have their advantages.
"It's always nice to play the best, which will be the open men's competition next week," Prince said.
"Take nothing away from mixed though, as the girls know how to play, and handle the pressure.
"It will be fun no matter which competition I play."
Prince was in Bundaberg for the last two days, exploring the sights, and experiencing what the region has to offer.
Yesterday, the former Queensland Maroon visited the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, which is dedicated to the late Bert Hinkler.
Being in the town, ahead of the competition, has made the former Clive Churchill medallist pumped for the event.
"It's been great; we've been able to do a couple of things, and explore the region," he said.
"To see the history, and what we can do in the region with our families, is wonderful."
Prince added it was great to see the area host large events, including the Bundaberg Cup and the NRL trial next year between his two former clubs.
"You will have to be quick to get tickets," he joked.
"To have those two sides, the 2015 Grand Finalists, is great for the region and community."
He added his preparations are going well for the event.
"I've been playing a lot on the coast with some competitive teams," Prince said.
"Preparations have been great and I've been doing some training while on the road."
The event officially begins next week on November 14.