Bug­den out to shake up Roost­ers’ feath­ers

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

JA­COB GRAMS COW­BOYS play­ers work to the mantra “sim­ple done well” and Will Bug­den sim­ply wants to make op­po­nents stand­ing in his way shud­der in fear.

The North­ern Pride mar­quee sign­ing has earned a spot in an NRL trial against the Syd­ney Roost­ers in Mackay tonight af­ter his in­tro­duc­tion to the world of full­time pro­fes­sional train­ing.

Bug­den, who spent the off­sea­son train­ing at a muay thai gym in Thai­land, said train­ing was one thing, but fi­nally be­ing given a shot in an NRL jersey was the “ic­ing on the cake”.

“You know what footy’s like. You can train as hard as you like but that doesn’t mean you can play,” he said. “As a fron­trower my job is to be the big­gest guy on the field just in­tim­i­dat­ing the other team and that’s pretty much what they’ve said they want from me.”

Doors have opened on the Cow­boys ros­ter since Bug­den signed on for the Pride and was thrilled to hear staff at the NRL club tell him they would keep a close eye on him in In­trust Su­per Cup ac­tion.

“Just about ev­ery rugby league player will tell you they got their chance be­cause some­one was in­jured or was away and they were a bit light when Jimmy Tamou left and then Ben Han­nant re­tired, so a small door opened up a frac­tion,” Bug­den said. “With them be­ing so light on, I guess there’s an op­por­tu­nity there, but I re­ally have to earn it.”

Bug­den is ex­pected to ar­rive in Cairns next week in time for the Pride’s fi­nal trial against PNG Hunters at Vico Oval next Satur­day and was keen to meet his new team­mates.

“I’m very ex­cited to come to Cairns. Ty told me about the way he wants me to play and I’m look­ing for­ward to it. I don’t know the squad too well but it looks like a good amount of old heads and young boys, so I can’t wait to be there and get amongst it,” he said.

Bug­den will take on Kan­ga­roos ju­nior Bernard Lewis in the Roost­ers line-up or tonight’s trial.

Hope Vale prod­uct Linc Port has earned an­other Mel­bourne Storm op­por­tu­nity fol­low­ing the Nines, se­lected for a trial on the Sun­shine Coast this even­ing.

NRL CHANCE: Will Bug­den.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.