Salesman a shoo-in in first Broncos trial this weekend
SHOE salesman one day, playing for the Brisbane Broncos the next.
That's the situation 125kg Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras prop Arlin Paki finds himself in.
Paki, a salesman at Sportscene Super Warehouse Rockhampton, heads to Brisbane today to join the Broncos.
In two days he'll be donning the maroon and gold of the Brisbane-based club in its first NRL preseason trial ahead of the 2014 season.
"A couple of the boys have been making jokes that I'm selling shoes one day and playing a match for the Broncos the next," Paki said.
"It's pretty special. One extreme to the other, really."
Paki joined the Capras prior to the 2013 Intrust Super Cup season.
He was a standout for the club during the opening rounds of competition before an ankle injury interrupted the back end of his season.
The Broncos tackle North Queensland Cowboys at Redcliffe's Dolphin Oval on Saturday night and Paki has been named on an extended bench alongside Capras' recruit, and fellow prop, Sebastien Martins.
"It means everything. It's crazy I would never have thought that I would be wearing one (a Broncos jersey)," said Paki, who was yesterday still coming to grips with the occasion.
"Definitely the experience will be great, but to make a good impression on Hook (coach Anthony Griffin) would be awesome.
"It's just about trying to man up against their front rowers (and) see what the benchmark is and see how I handle it. I'm pumped about it."
His goal was to one day play in the NRL and live the lifestyle that elite footballers enjoy.
Paki spent a week training full-time with the Broncos in January and head coach Griffin invited him back to trial this weekend.
He said the week-long training stint had fuelled his fire to achieve his NRL dream.
"It's just crazy - it's the life," he said. "I finished at 3 and went straight to sleep. It's definitely something I want to do."
Rockhampton product Jake Granville lines up at hooker for the Broncos while Emmaus College graduate Sam Hoare was named on the Cowboys' interchange.