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Logan's next generation

EXCELLENT SCHOOL: Marsden State High School has produced the likes of Israel Folau, Cameron Smith and Chris Sandow. Following in their footsteps are Codey Kennedy, Brenko Lee and Jason Tomane who represented Queensland Under-15's this year. 
Photo: Ruth Keber
EXCELLENT SCHOOL: Marsden State High School has produced the likes of Israel Folau, Cameron Smith and Chris Sandow. Following in their footsteps are Codey Kennedy, Brenko Lee and Jason Tomane who represented Queensland Under-15's this year. Photo: Ruth Keber

ONCE you've finished reading this, I implore you to rip out this page and put it on your fridge or somewhere you can find it in a few years.

This is a list of the next crop of rugby league talent from Logan who have yet to grace an NRL field, but are striving in the right direction.

While they are not household names yet, they have been tipped to be equal or even better than the current group of NRL stars who once were schooled or coached in Logan.

Some of these players already have contracts with NRL clubs and all but one of them have represented Queensland at an under-age level.

And while the chances of seeing another player of the same calibre as Israel Folau or Cameron Smith are quite high, Canberra Raiders' Queensland-based recruitment and welfare manager, Brian Edwards, forecasts that we would soon see more players from Logan competing in the NRL than ever before.

“I think there's definitely a chance that in five years time potentially we will see more NRL players from Logan than there are now,” he said.

It's no secret Logan has an impressive rugby league lineage. The city has an amazing ability of unearthing elite junior talent to be regarded as one of, if not the best breeding ground for future stars.

On March 24, this year, The Reporter outlined an all-Logan team, consisting of former locally-based club juniors and students who are currently competing in the NRL.

It's come to the stage now where fans almost expect the city to produce the NRL's ‘next big thing' on an annual basis.

Beenleigh junior, Corey Norman took that title this year with a spectacular debut for the Brisbane Broncos in the opening game of the season.

Also this year we've seen Woodridge's Sam Mataora make his NRL debut with the Raiders.

But still the question lingers in the minds of many: where are Logan's next generation of rugby league stars coming from?

The Reporter, with the help of Brian Edwards, has compiled a catalogue of gifted, exciting and ambitious teenagers who are destined to one day play in the NRL.

Twenty six names you have probably never heard of until now, but maybe in a few years time you'll not only be hearing their names a lot more, but screaming it out loud as you cheer them on.

Like the current group of Logan-produced NRL players, the list is dominated by Marsden State High students and Logan Brothers juniors.

But with NRL club, Canberra Raiders and their affiliate, Souths Logan Magpies, stepping up their presence in the region in recent years, more players are being noticed.

The Raiders-Magpies are now providing new pathways for players to the NRL, implementing development programs in schools and working closely with coaches.

Edwards added having two south-east Queensland NRL clubs (Brisbane and Gold Coast) and the Sydney Roosters also scoping the area looking for talent, has helped more players being recognised.

 

By: Griffith Thomas


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