WHEN the Rose brothers signed up with Oberon in 2016 it had been in the hope of winning a senior rugby league premiership together and while that did not eventuate, now they have another shot.
This year instead of aiming for a Group 10 premier league crown, Trent, Matt and George will be chasing glory with the Moore Park Broncos in the South Sydney competition.
All graduates of Bathurst Panthers, second rower Trent and playmaker Matt were both part of the Orange CYMS outfit that prevailed on Group 10 grand final day in 2015.
In March the following year it was announced that Trent and Matt would be making the move to rival Group 10 club Oberon and along with them was sibling George, who had just retired from the NRL.
They helped inject some fire into a Tigers outfit which had not won in 18 months, but in the end Oberon exited the title chase in the first week of the finals series.
While his older brothers then departed, Trent stuck with the Tigers last year, making it to grand final day where the black and golds went down to Orange CYMS.
But this year after being told there was not room on Oberon’s roster, Trent has signed with Moore Park. It is a side Matt will captain-coach and for which George intends to play when work commitments allow.
“I did have interest from pretty much every other club in Group 10 when I wasn’t signed there at Oberon, but I’m a bit over the travel after the last four years, so I’m looking forward to playing for Moore Park,” Trent said.
“Matt and George signed with Moore Park last year when I stayed with Oberon, and they enjoyed it. The leadership and direction that Matt brings to a club with his professionalism – they noticed it straight away themselves and threw it [captain-coach] out there for him.
“It will be great. As we stated when we first signed together for Oberon, we only got to play with each other at Aboriginal knockouts. Matt and George obviously both played with [Bathurst] Panthers in the day before they went to Sydney, but I was still a bit young then to come up and play with them.
“Obviously knockouts each year, that’s cool, but to actually play comp games every week with them is great.”