Posted May 12, 2020 05:03:07I’m not just one of a handful of players from my generation to get into the NRL.
I’ve been around the block, but not for long.
It’s been five years since I made my NRL debut in 2016, and since then, I’ve watched my game get better and better.
I don’t think anyone has played better.
That’s why I was so excited when the NRL announced it was looking to bring in more Indigenous players for the 2019 season.
It was a great opportunity to put myself in the spotlight.
But there was one glaring issue.
There was no way I’d be able to take part.
I was still playing rugby league and I didn’t know how to deal with the transition from a white collar job to a full-time job.
So I applied for and got my NRL job at the same time as my Rugby League career, but I didn-t get the job.
It didn’t take long for the Rugby League Commission to intervene and they told me to apply again.
So, on a Friday night in November 2020, I applied again.
And, it wasn’t long before I got the chance to play.
The NRL said I was eligible for 2019 but only if I was white collar.
I had never played rugby league before.
So it wasn, to put it mildly, a little bit of a shock.
But then, about two months later, the NRL had an interview with me.
That interview was a lot like the first interview, only without the “other” part.
After that, it was just another day at the office.
But, it still wasn’t the same.
I still didn’t understand how the NRL was able to keep me in the same position, and I still didn- t know how they were going to work out a way to allow me to play a game that is not a white-collar job.
I knew it was going to be tough.
I thought they were taking a risk by going with me, but it was worth it.
It wasn’t until the first game of the 2018 season, against the Sharks, that I realised the NRL needed me more than I could ever imagine.
I scored a try on my debut and, despite playing a game for the first time in three years, I had a massive impact on the game.
That was one of the best moments of my rugby league career.
That night, I went from just a normal high school kid to a legend.
I’m one of those people who is blessed to be able play rugby league, and now I’m also lucky enough to be part of the history of the game, with a career that will hopefully continue for many years to come.
But I was nervous about being selected for the Rabbitohs and not being able to play the first match.
It scared the hell out of me.
But that’s why when I heard the NRL wanted to make me an All-Australian, I couldn’t be more excited.
When I finally got the call to go to Canberra, I was absolutely elated.
I could feel my heart rate getting higher and higher as I heard that I was being considered for the All-AFL side.
I can’t say I was too excited to get that call.
But being an All Australian is something I’m so proud of and I know I’m going to do my best to represent the team and the club in the best way I can.
My first season in Canberra, though, wasn’t all that great.
I didn’t make the All 20.
My second season in the Roosters was also a struggle.
And the Rooster’s a tough group to play in, but we had a lot of great guys who were trying their best to do the best job for the club.
We also had some really great players like James Tedesco and Jordan Rapana.
They helped the club so much in so many different ways.
But for some reason, I didn´t get into that group.
It would have been easy for me to get the call, but because of my injury history and my age, I just felt like I was a long way away from being a part of it.
So at the end of my second season, I told the NRL I was not happy, but they told us that I wasn’t.
I guess that’s one of my favourite quotes in the history.
It made me feel so good and I’m not going to lie, it gave me that little bit more motivation to go out there and perform for the team.
It also gave me a bit of extra confidence.
There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m one the best players in the NRL today.
And I’m sure that, one day, I will be able with all my heart to put the club and the game of rugby league back on track and I hope that I’ll be able do that soon.
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