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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