Templemann to beef up Brothers
STAR recruit Matt Templemann will add muscle to the Brothers line-up this season after a four-year tenure in the Queensland Cup.
The Bundaberg boy played an integral part in the team’s 2004 premiership team before moving to Brisbane to play with Canberra Raiders feeder team Souths.
The 192cm, 104kg giant played on the wing during his four-year stint in the Queensland Cup but will bolster Brothers’ forward line in the second row.
Templemann is eager to get out on the paddock and help redeem his team after last year’s gut-wrenching grand final defeat.
“A few of the boys are still shattered from losing last year’s premiership, so there’ll be plenty pushing us along this year,” he said.
“We’ve got a good side and, with training and a bit of hard work, I think we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”
Having shared the field with NRL heavyweights such as Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Michael Weyman and Neville Costigan, Templemann hopes to be able to bring out the best in his team mates.
“Playing in the Q-Cup really makes you step up your game and try and compete with your opposition on their level,” he said.
“We’ve got some really good skilful younger players and I’m looking forward to mentoring them and encouraging them to step up.”
Templemann said he was looking forward to swapping his green and red Souths guernsey for the blue and white of Brothers.
“There are still some familiar faces around and the Brothers team has been great,” he said.
“It’s good to be back.”