Man of mortar
David Andjelic burst through a brick wall to impress producers of new reality TV show, The NRL Rookie. He got the gig.
DAVID Andjelic had it hard from the get go — escaping war-torn Serbia with his mother as a baby and settling in Mt Druitt.
It was made more difficult when his mum got sick and he became her fulltime carer when he was just 13.
But Andjelic’s luck finally turned around this year when he was selected from thousands of applicants from across the globe to compete in Channel 9’s new reality show The NRL Rookie, which premiered last night.
The 22-year-old took a huge gamble by running through a wall of bricks for his audition tape ... but the “don’t try it at home” feat grabbed the attention of the show’s producers.
“The brick wall video just came to me, it was like an epiphany,” Andjelic said.
“My mate had hundreds of bricks at his place ... I told him I was running through a brick wall. I had to find a way to differentiate myself and that’s the way I did it.”
Andjelic said he entered the show to try and give his mother a better life.
“We came over from Serbia when I was one as refugees — it was always me and my mum,” he said.
“I am now Mum’s carer. She has been sick all her life; multiple times I’ve witnessed her have cancer.
“I had to man up pretty quickly but I would rather go through a thousand hells and be the person I am today than do nothing and have no life experiences.”
Andjelic, a forward, played his junior footy with St Patrick’s but he said a contract with an NRL club would be a great opportunity.
NRL hopeful David Andjelic, of Mt Druitt.