Dream come true playing for Broncos
DREAMS do come true, just ask Jamie Simpson.
In 2002, the inspirational Rockhampton rugby league player had his NRL ambitions put on hold when he was diagnosed with nonHodgkins lymphoma.
After conquering the cancer that once threatened to kill him, Simpson will realise a childhood dream when he lines-up for the Brisbane Broncos at Browne Park tonight.
"Growing up my goal was to play for the Broncos and I'm just about to fulfil my dream,'' he said yesterday.
Simpson will come off the bench for the Broncos in tonight's NRL pre-season trial against the North Queensland Cowboys.
The former St Brendan's College schoolboy star was a stand-out playing at five-eighth/lock for the Broncos in their 72-16 win over a Wide Bay representative team in Childers last weekend, scoring two tries.
"Yeah, I got a couple of meat pies,'' a modest Simpson recalled.
"It was my first game in the Broncos jersey and I had the family down to watch ? you can't beat that.''
The 19-year-old said he was looking forward to spending some time in the halves with new Broncos halfback, Karmichael Hunt, tonight.
And he'll have plenty of support on the sidelines, with his mum, Cheryl, and younger sister, Jessica, 5, leading the cheer squad.