Pilbara talent catches eye of NRL clubs
The Pilbara’s rugby league talent continues to gain more recognition with several players heading to the Eastern States to try to pick up contracts with NRL club development sides.
Fullback Sam George went over to train with the Canterbury Bulldogs under-20s side a couple of weeks ago and impressed enough to be invited back.
It is the second bite of the apple for George after just missing out on the squad last year.
He said not making the cut last year had been devastating but was a good learning curve.
“Obviously I came back and I knew what I had to do and where I had to be if I wanted to get a good crack at making it this year,” he said.
“Most of the exercises there I had no clue how to do them, but the club and the boys make a really welcoming environment.
“It will be hard. I have to work and train full-time which will be a challenge, but it is worth it.”
George is not the only one on the radar of NRL clubs.
Caleb Maraku is trialling with the Gold Coast Titans 20s squad and Chase Rye with the Newcastle Knights.
Earlier in the year Hedlandbased William Finau signed a two-year contract with the Knights.
Sport Services Australia scout Mahir Hodzic said it had been a goal to see the Pilbara’s rugby talent recognised.
George will head back to the Bulldogs under-20s training squad in November.