King returns to TLU after Roos deal fails

Group 20 rugby league

TRENTON King has renewed his commitment to Group 20 premier Tullibigeal-Lakes United for the rest of the season after his intended move to the Wagga Kangaroos fell through.

The talented prop told the Sharks he would be moving on last week but after he was cleared to the Kangaroos, the Group Nine side was unable to source him appropriate employment in Wagga.

"He rang up late last week and said he's not happy over at Roos and wanted to come back," captain-coach Brent Pike said.

"Obviously he was one of our best forwards last year and he's got that intimidation factor to the opposition about him - as soon as he fires up, he can pull good shots off and have a good run."

King was back in TLU colours on Sunday for the big 54-8 win over the Bidgee Hurricanes at Shark Park, playing off the bench as part of a stacked forward line-up that also featured Pike, Chris Jordan and Michael Dodson.

However, he will miss at least the Sharks' next two matches against Yenda and the Waratah Tigers after suffering bruising to his ribs during the match.

It was inititally feared that he had broken his ribs but scans on Monday cleared him of any major damage, with King likely return for the derby clash against West Wyalong on May 18.

TLU will also be without young playmaker Dylan Hately (hamstring) and Dan O'Connor (work) for this weekend's trip to Wade Park to face the Blueheelers.

But James Williams is set to play, despite taking an injured shoulder into the Hurricanes clash and playing nearly 80 minutes.

"I don't think it'll worry him too much, he's a tough player," Pike said.

The Blueheelers bounced back on the weekend with a 28-18 victory over the Griffith Black and Whites, and Pike said last year's preliminary finalists will be a difficult proposition after their first win of the season.

"It's good to get Yenda after they had a win - they've got a good side and it'd be hard to try and play them at home after losing two in a row," Pike said.

STAYING PUT: TLU forward Trenton King.

STAYING PUT: TLU forward Trenton King.

"They've got Kodie Charles back so it's going to be a tough game and we've got a few out.

"But we've got a good reserve grade and there's plenty of depth so hopefully we can cover for those blokes."

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