Emerg­ing Jets tal­ent soars to new heights

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

MINCH­IN­BURY Jets un­der-15s sec­ond-rower Luke Puru is al­ways keen to give back to the club and helps men­tor younger play­ers.

The 15-year-old Rooty Hill res­i­dent (pic­tured) has played for the Jets since he was five, and now helps the ju­nior play­ers when­ever he gets the chance.

This year, the Ju­nior Sports Star nom­i­nee was se­lected to play for the Western Syd­ney Academy of Sport Harold Matthews 2015 team – a year above his age group.

Luke has been with the Pen­rith Pan­thers de­vel­op­ment squad since he was 12, has just signed on for another three years, and is also a mem­ber of the Pan­thers elite squad – the JETS Pro­gram.

Minch­in­bury Jets coach Ryan Jones praised the fu­ture star.

“Luke doesn’t just play for the club, he also helps out where he can with younger kids and around the grounds when he can or is asked,” Jones said.

While he works his way through the ranks to achieve his ul­ti­mate goal of play­ing for the Pan­thers NRL side, his pas­sion for the game con­tin­ues to grow.

To nom­i­nate some­one for a Ju­nior Sports Star award, visit ju­nior­sportsstar.com.au or email jss@newslo­cal.com.au.

The awards are spon­sored by Rebel and 7 News is the of­fi­cial media part­ner.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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