Six coast boys score dream gigs with rugby league clubs
SIX promising St Brendan's students have proved they've got what it takes to make it in rugby league.
Bailey Butler, Loui Ganaia, Tom Skinner, Jack White, Jack Glossop and Harry Grant were given the good news recently that they'd been offered contracts with Dragons, Storm, Panthers, Cowboys and Redcliffe.
Junior U15 coach, mentor and teacher Matt Couper said they were certainly proud of the young men's effort inside and outside of school commitment.
"It's great news for the families and for the College as well," Mr Couper said.
"And they put in a great effort to win the confraternity shield.
"St Brendan's has always prided itself on giving our boys the opportunity to do well but ultimately it's up to them to get the gym each morning and put in the effort; they've certainly done that."
Harry Grant, 17, landed one of the Melbourne Storm footy club contracts and said he was "stoked."
"It's not an NRL contract but to be part of the club is pretty special.
"I'm going down with Loui and we've got a pretty good bond on the field.
"With a good preseason done we'll start with the 20s. And it shows it can be done from this region."
Loui Ganaia, also receiving a Melbourne Storm contract, said it was a move in the right direction for him.
"You have to train hard for that and it comes down to preseason training and you have to be committed.
"But I'll definitely go down there with a lot of discipline because of our coach Terry Hansen.
"He's one of the best coaches I've had; he's taught me a lot," he said.
"And it's more than just football; if you don't do well in class you don't do sport so St Brendan's taught me to be a good person.
"I think that's a big part of where I am today."