Pil­bara tal­ent catches eye of NRL clubs

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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