RETURNING SON: Central Queensland Capras’ latest recruit, Hughie Stanley, is keen to kick off the 2014 Intrust Super Cup season back at home.
RETURNING SON: Central Queensland Capras’ latest recruit, Hughie Stanley, is keen to kick off the 2014 Intrust Super Cup season back at home. Chris Ison Rokccapras

Stanley happy to be home with Capras

AS HE looked out over the green grass of Browne Park, you could tell Hughie Stanley Jnr felt at home.

Rockhampton rugby league talent Stanley is ready to pull on the Central Queensland Capras colours in 2014 after signing a two-year deal with the club.

The former St Brendan's College boy left the region some years ago to chase an NRL career and has since enjoyed successful stints with the Sydney Roosters in the Toyota Cup, Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles and, more recently, the Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup.

Having been around the rugby league scene for some time now, Stanley, 22, said he was looking forward to sharing some of his tricks of the trade with Rockhampton's younger generation of players, and being closer to his family who were thrilled to have him back.

"The Capras have brought me back but I think it was a bit of a change moving from city to city and pretty much my whole family is here," Stanley said.

"I just think I'll bring a little bit of experience to the side.

"I was talking to (Capras coach) Jason (Hetherington) the other day and he was talking about all of the young lads here and how he wants to teach them a little bit of composure."

Stanley Jnr follows in the footsteps of his father, Hughie Stanley, who had an illustrious rugby league career in Rockhampton including a successful stint with the Capras in the mid-1990s.

Hetherington said he was excited about what Stanley would bring to the club.

"Hughie is an instinctive player, he has that anticipation that you can't coach," Hetherington said.