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.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

NRL hope­ful David And­jelic, of Mt Druitt.

David And­jelic.

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