Cowboys eyes on junior Brahmans
WHITSUNDAY Brahman juniors have been under the watchful eye of the North Queensland Cowboys coaching staff in recent weeks as the NRL club looks for their star signings of the future.
Eight Brahmans players have been selected in the North Queensland Cowboys Top Gun Academy squad and participated in a skills and development training camp in Mackay last weekend.
The players were put through their paces by Cowboys head coach Neil Henry and head strength and conditioning coach and former Brahmans player Paul Bowman.
Following the session Henry said he thought the skill level, effort and behaviour of the Mackay-Whitsundays squad was as good as he had been involved with.
National rugby league development officer for Mackay-Whitsundays Brad Henry said it was a remarkable achievement to have such a strong contingent of local players in both the under 14 and under 16 squads and described it as “magic”.
“Proserpine-Whitsunday junior rugby league are producing some good kids,” he said.
“Across the board it [the talent] is very good and these ones here deserve to be there.
“It's a very good opportunity, simply because these are the 20 best kids for their age.”
Among the players selected in the squad was 14-year-old Kieran Anderson who was selected for the third consecutive year.
He said it was great to be selected once again and wasn't going to let the opportunity pass him by.
“To be coached by the first grade coach is pretty special,” he said. “Not everyone gets to meet them so I feel privileged.
“It's another great experience for me.” The squad will head to Mackay again early next year for their second Top Gun Academy camp.