GOLD COAST’S BEST SCHOOLBOY PLAY­ERS OF THE PAST 15 YEARS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

BENJI MAR­SHALL

Mar­shall was a schoolboy star, mak­ing his NRL de­but for the Wests Tigers in 2003 while still at school. A New Zealand Test rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mar­shall has tasted both premier­ship and World Cup glory in a glit­ter­ing ca­reer.

DAR­IUS BOYD

Boyd made few waves as a schoolboy at Palm Beach Cur­rumbin but be­hind Mar­shall is the best league player to come out of the Gold Coast in the past 15 years. An Ori­gin and Test star and premier­ship win­ner at two clubs, Boyd is one of the Coast’s greats. BEN HAN­NANT

A Palm Beach Cur­rumbin and Aus­tralian School­boys star, Han­nant went on to play al­most 250 NRL games, win­ning pre­mier­ships with the Broncos and Cow­boys. Also played 12 Ori­gin games and six for Aus­tralia.

RYAN JAMES

James won the Peter Ster­ling medal in 2008 but it has taken him a decade to es­tab­lish him­self as one of the league’s best play­ers. The Ti­tans cap­tain is on the cusp of win­ning an Ori­gin call-up with NSW, hav­ing been the Blues’ 18th man for Game Three. MAR­ION SEVE

Kee­bra’s Mar­ion Seve won the Peter Ster­ling Medal in 2013, played for the Aus­tralian school­boys and earnt com­par­isons to Steve Re­nouf with his el­e­gant play. But he is yet to make his NRL de­but.

PAYNE HAAS

A Peter Ster­ling medal­list and Aus­tralian School­boys rep, Haas had 10 NRL clubs chas­ing him be­fore the Broncos won the chase. Has signed a mas­sive six-year $3.4 mil­lion ex­ten­sion to stay and could be­come one of the Coast’s great­est play­ers.

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