Third time lucky for Waddell
PROSERPINE rugby league product Travis Waddell was named in the 2012 Indigenous All Stars team yesterday.
The talented hooker did enough in his time with the Canberra Raiders this year to secure himself a place in the prestigious line-up.
It is third time lucky for Waddell who has been part of the past two annual All Stars matches.
Next year's match will be played at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on February 4 to officially launch the 2012 NRL season.
Waddell was in Sydney yesterday at the All Stars launch where the announcement was made.
He said he was looking forward to playing in the side.
"It's awesome, I always wanted to be picked again to play," he said.
After a disappointing 2011 season in his own right, Waddell said he was looking forward to having a good start next year.
"I've come back from pre-season training the fittest I've ever been after competing in the All Blacks Carnival," he said. "I've been doing a lot of fitness and training."
When donning the Indigenous All Stars jersey, Waddell will not only be honouring his family and the region, but also the late rugby league great Arthur 'Big Artie' Beetson who died from a heart attack on the Gold Coast last Thursday.
All players will wear a memorial jersey in his honour.
"He was a great player, it will be a great honour to be playing in memory for him," he said.
For now though Waddell said he was concentrating on cementing himself in the Raiders' top grade side and be the regular first choice hooker.
"I was a bit disappointed I didn't get to play a full season this year but [I] am concentrating on getting my career back in line," he said.
"I guess I've got to keep training hard and make sure I'm in good form.
"My diets got to be right too."