The Courier-Mail

JOSH MCGUIRE

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An op­por­tu­nity ex­tended to him by An­drew Gee to have a se­ri­ous crack at rugby league and then even­tu­ally join the Bron­cos as a 15-year-old has never been for­got­ten by Josh McGuire. The teenager trea­sured that chance to reach his goals and it was the chief rea­son for him re­cently ex­tend­ing the hand of friend­ship to a group of young­sters from Mur­gon. Aged from 11 to 14, the boys play for the Mur­gon Mus­tangs but strug­gle weekly to field a team. Of­ten they will drive two hours for a game, only to for­feit be­cause they do not have enough play­ers. On learn­ing of their plight the 25-year-old Bron­cos prop in­vited the boys to the re­cent Bron­cos-Dragons match, bought their tick­ets, shouted them a seafood buf­fet din­ner at Bron­cos Leagues Club and ar­ranged for them to meet their he­roes af­ter the game. “An­drew Gee once vis­ited my school, saw me play­ing rugby league and sug­gested I join As­p­ley Devils, where he was the football man­ager,” Josh ex­plained. “I wasn’t a se­ri­ous rugby league player then but An­drew’s en­cour­age­ment made me think that maybe I had some abil­ity. I did as he ad­vised and two years later I was on the books at the Bron­cos. “An­drew tak­ing me un­der his wing is some­thing I will never for­get. Hope­fully these kids took a strong mem­ory back home from their visit and maybe even dream to one day come here as a player.”

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