Caleb Tull with his mentor Justin Loomans and fellow scholarship recipient Elijah Edwards.
Caleb Tull with his mentor Justin Loomans and fellow scholarship recipient Elijah Edwards. Allan Reinikka

Teen stars get kickstart

THEY looked pretty calm yesterday, but Caleb Tull and Elijah Edwards must be the happiest rugby league players in the region.

Caleb, 13, and 14-year-old Elijah are the first two teenage prodigies to be selected for a CQ NRL Bid scholarship designed to prepare them for a professional future in the game.

The scholarships, funded by QR National, are worth up to $5000 a year each to cover school and representative football costs. They will benefit from specialist welfare advice and will be personally mentored by a former player who performed at the highest level.

Caleb, from Rockhampton, will be helped by ex-Cowboys and Rabbitohs star Justin Loomans and Elijah, from Theodore, will benefit from the advice of former Queensland State of Origin great Justin Hetherington.

Justin, a Rocky product who left at 17 to follow his dream, said he would be like a big brother and would be on-call 100% of the time.

Ten more scholarships are available and schools and clubs across CQ have been issued with application forms.

“We will do everything we can to get these two outstanding young athletes to the highest level,” said Bid chairman Geoff Murphy. “I hope one day they will aspire to be members of our own CQ NRL team.”

Caleb, a versatile full back, attends The Cathedral College and Elijah, a back rower or centre, boards at St Brendan's, Yeppoon.



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