Academy Players Rewarded for Efforts
pitfalls and firsthand exposure for what could unfold if they gain the opportunity to sign with an NRL club.
Selection for the experience comes from a criteria set out by the CRL and they require players that have already been in the academy program (last year), have shown a commitment to the Academy and been loyal to the game, shown enough ability to reach the next level, have leadership and strong values whilst represent their area with the respect and attitude becoming of the Game. With all this in mind and input from the coaching staff the Far South Coast Monaro Academy representatives this year will be: Beau Britten (Bega) and Joe Stewart (Eden).
Congratulations to both players as they have been selected from a very strong group of eligible players and although the decision was extremely hard, it is fitting that both these players get this opportunity to represent the area and gain the experience that will hopefully inspire them to achieve more. Both players will travel to Sydney with NRL Game Development Officer Damian Lindeberg, stay at the Holiday Inn at Potts Point, train with NRL staff and players as well as be exposed to the day-to-day requirements of a professional Rugby League player. “Having exposure to current and former players that have walked in these shoes, is an invaluable experience and one these youngmen will never forget.” Lindeberg commented.“They have the opportunity to have one-on-one time with such players from similar backgrounds and it's a fitting reward to two very gifted up and comers from the area in Beau and Joe.” Concluded Lindeberg
Country Rugby League sees this program an important link for the players as so many dream of the opportunity and when given struggle to adapt to the lifestyle demanded of these players. This is the first step towards intergrading country players to city lifestyles as the next step is to then have senior NRL players mentor newcomers through a variety of programs to help offset homesickness etc and give them light at the end of the tunnel. With so many players from the country making up NRL squads this program is a vital fibre to making this transition.