Henderson played a crucial role throughout the Swinburne Cobras 2010 campaign, stepping up into the Vice Captain position, helping to lead the team to the Minor Premiership with a 19-8 record. Despite being the form team most of the year the Swinburne Cobras Season ended prematurely when they were defeated by Knox on the siren in the Preliminary Final.

The loss has provided Henderson and the team with much motivation and a strong commitment to the 2011 Season. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to come back to Kilsyth. I feel that we really let ourselves and the fans down in the final seconds of the Knox game. I thought we put together a solid season and we have a great deal to build upon this coming year. Coach Wallace has assembled a strong roster for this year, and we should be very competitive in the League.”

Swinburne Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace was thrilled to have Henderson agree to return and has Henderson earmarked to step into an important and prestigious position with the Club. “Q will assume the Club Captain responsibilities in 2011,” proclaimed Wallace.

“DJ Taylor was outstanding as Club Captain and brilliant in unifying the team and keeping them focussed and together.  We expect Q to continue the traditions and add his own touch of class.”

Wallace had no hesitation in bringing back Henderson as a key component of the Swinburne Cobras line up.  Q has an outstanding work ethic and love for the game and has been appropriately recognised, being named the League Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive years.  Q became a better all-round player in 2010 and will again be better in 2011.” 

As Captain, Henderson will again lead his younger teammates, building upon their 2010 success, and has clear expectations for the 2011 campaign. “The work ethic of the Swinburne Cobras in the second half of last year was very encouraging, and I don’t expect that to change this season.”

“I believe that we’ll be a very competitive team in the 2011. Losing in heart breaking fashion always leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. I think we’re all out to prove that we are a better team that what we showed in the final two games of 2010. Our challenge this year will be to remain consistent from the start of the season until the finish.”

“I think I speak for the team when I say that our only goal is to win a SEABL championship. I don’t care how we do it just as long as were able to hold that banner at the conclusion of the Season. I think it would be a great tribute to the players of the past few years who have worked so hard to build this team.”

The Cobras will begin pre-season training in early February. 2011 Season Membership and Player Sponsorship packages will be available shortly. Stay tuned to www.cobras.net.au for further information.