Gold Coast Seagulls Rugby League Club signed Canberra Raiders’ forward, Dave Woods on a two year deal, as it became apparent Queensland State of Origin prop, Steve Jackson was losing his battle with a back injury.
Woods, who had been playing for English club, Barrow, was snapped up by Seagulls chief executive, Don Furner Snr., who had coached the Australian team in England in 1986.
With Jackson out of action (protruding disc) youngsters, Kevin Campion and Robert Tocco were named as props for Seagulls’ Tooheys’ pre-season first round clash with Canberra Raiders at Penrith.
Seagulls also had been hard hit by the retirement of Kiwi Test prop, Brent Todd.
A product of Parramatta Marists, Woods had played with the Eels, Wests, Canberra and Newcastle.
He signed with Newcastle after Canberra dumped him, following an off-field incident.
Furner said he had no problem with signing the much traveled prop.
“His attitude is spot-on these days,” said Furner. “In England, they made him captain, and he looked after the off-field social activities. I think he had a couple of wasted years at Wests, but each time I saw him play for Canberra, he went really well.”
Seagulls team to play Canberra was: Russell Bussian; David Bouveng, Adrian Vowles, Terry Cook, Tim Patterson; John Skardon, Craig Coleman (c); Peter Gill, Wayne Bartrim, Jamie Goddard, Kevin Campion, Ray Herring, Robert Tocco. res.: Dale Shearer, Brett Horsnell, Scott Freestone, Steve Weston. Coach, John Harvey.
Dave Woods went on to play 44 first grade matches for the Gold Coast. He took his own life on January 1, 1996.
Photo: Dave Woods with legendary forward, Harry Bath at Seagulls’ launch at Surfers Paradise in 1994. Bath was licensee of a pub at Warwick, on the Darling Downs, at the time.