An unwanted Capra, now Ray is home
HE IS the Central Queensland Capras' loss and the Emerald Tigers' gain and he is ready to sink his teeth into the local rugby league competition.
Released from Queensland Cup cellar- dwelling Capras, Ray Ebsworth is back "home" and poised to unleash his devastating running game.
"It is great to be back here full-time because my partner Miranda Bartley plays for the Tigers ladies as well," Ebsworth said.
"We are expecting a child soon too. It is great that we both play for a family- orientated club like here.
"Tigers are one of the best clubs I have played for, a similar club as back in Bourke.
"They are always willing to help out when you need it. And the friendships you gain are there for life.
"At the start of the year it would be just nice to pick up a couple of wins but I really want to be playing finals footy with the ultimate goal of a premiership.
"That would mean the world to me; I have never played in a grand final before, not even in juniors so I would be over the moon."
"I appreciate them giving me the chance. I went there with the ambition of playing a few games at the back end of 2014," the 23-year-old said.
"But I ended up playing a fair few games.
"I have no regrets, the club was great to me. There were a few exterior things than did hinder me but that's footy.
"It was hard with the chopping and changing of the coaches who had different ideas and I personally feel like I could have played more games."
Ebsworth said he felt most at home from fullback, a position he had played all his life.
"I have always been a fullback but personally I wouldn't mind giving the halves a crack," he said.
"I have played wing and centres I feel like my best position is fullback. I am a competitive person so whatever it takes to win I will do it."
Injuries forced Ebsworth to hang up the boots for a time. Thankfully he rediscovered his love again in Emerald.
"I haven't exactly had that much luck," he said.
"I have actually just started rehab in the gym.
"At the battle of the mines I tore my MCL. So that slowed me down a bit.
"We have been in pre-season for three weeks now, I am only going at 80% right now but it will pick up soon.
"All new players are welcome to come down to training at the ag-college every Tuesday and Thursday nights."