TCC lad now with school of Sharks

By DARRYN NUFER

THE Cathedral College pro-duct Les Cochrane has moved a step closer to achieving his NRL dream, signing a two-year deal with the Cronulla Sharks.

"I've been on the drink for the last 10 days,'' the 18-year-old said after being accepted by the club last week.

But make no mistake, the ambitious 176cm second rower, weighing in at 94kg, is under no illusions. Sharks first grade coach Stuart Raper has already offered these words of advice: "When you come back, it (the party) is over.''

Raper has told Cochrane to expect the hardest training of his life when he arrives at Toyota Park next week.

"I've been told that I'll be playing in premier league in the pre-season trials,'' Cochrane said.

"If I go well I'll be playing there at the start of the (2006) season.''

Raper appears to hold the former Gracemere junior in high regard.

"He's told me that he's looking at me for first grade in two years,'' Cochrane said.

"I'm just trying not to let it (wrap) go to my head. "I know that I've got a lot of hard work to do.''

The Sharks' Jersey Flegg, premier league and first grade teams all train together.

That has given Cochrane a chance to mix it with some of the game's elite already.

"I've been down there and done some training.

"I've spoken to some of the first-graders. I went shopping with (Brett) Kimmorley and he had a bit of a chat to me about what to expect.''

Cochrane will arrive at Toyota Park on Tuesday for a bonding session before pre-season training starts on Wednes-day.



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