No half measures for Nunan

Nathan Thompson - Cooma Monaro Express

WITH a booming boot and penchant for trying to bust the line, new Cooma Stallions halfback Astin Nunan is ready to lead first grade's Group 16 charge.

Coming off an impressive 2015 campaign, the Stallions head into the season with a new halves combination ready to make their mark on the competition.

Nunan is just a fortnight into his Cooma stay after making the move from Clermont in Central Queensland to link up with the Stallions.

With last season's halfback and one of the Group's leading playmakers in Joel Smith trying his hand in England this year, Nunan is aware of the challenge before him and likely halves partner Josh Steinke.

"It'll be a good test for both us as we'll be under pressure. We'll have to see how the team reacts to young halves leading them around," Nunan said.

"I was pretty keen to move and already have had a good couple of training runs with the boys."

The 19-year-old will get his first taste of footy for the season when he plays in the Group 16 All Stars and Indigenous match in Moruya in a week's time.

The clash is an opportunity for Nunan to press his claims for further Group representative honours.

Nunan started playing the game he loves as an 11 year-old after friends encouraged him to leave soccer and take up league.

For the Roosters fan, it's a game he's taken a shine to. He was selected in the under 18 Central Queensland Capras representative outfit where he played against the best under 18 players the state had to offer.

When he runs out onto the Cooma Showground next month, Nunan hopes he can offer the Stallions a point of difference from seasons past.

"I'm looking to bring improved structure to the team as well as my kicking game," Nunan said.

Nunan is set to be a headache for opposing defenders, whether it's through a quick burst, a towering kick or a select pass, the Stallions new half is eager to put the Group on notice.




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