Goondiwindi teen Trae Bennetto has his sights set on an NRL career.
The modest 15-year-old has been offered a four-year contract with the Brisbane Broncos and will next year board at Marist College on a full scholarship.
He trains in Brisbane once a month. "I last went up on the 12th and we did some fitness testing. It's good to go up there and see where I'm at and see what I am up against," Bennetto said.
A Broncos scout first noticed Bennetto in the under 12s grand final against Inglewood and has been keeping an eye on him since. "It's pretty exciting and it feels good to make everyone proud. I know it's going to be hard but I am looking forward to the move. I am proud of where I have got to but I need to keep improving. I'm getting there but there is still a lot more hard work to do, especially to bulk-up."
Bennetto has been doing some form of training most days of the week, visiting the gym in his spare time. It's his attitude that has earned him so much respect within the local club.
Boars president, Peter Bourchier, said he was well mannered and committed, always putting his hand up whenever there was a job to be done, on or off the field.
"I wouldn't say he has any weaknesses. He's pretty strong in both his attack and defense but that next level of coaching in Brisbane will up-skill him more," Bourchier said.
Bennetto yesterday left for camp on the Sunshine Coast before heading to Redcliffe to play for the under 15 QLD School Boys next week.
They will play one game each day and have the opportunity to be selected in a merit team for Australian at the end of the carnival.
Bennetto has been selected for many representative teams including the Mustangs, Crows and named WDJRL U14 Player of the Year.
He was born in Penrith and played some junior football in Bathurst before his family moved to Gundy where he has played since under 11s. Bennetto was selected for the under 12s School Boys team but "wasn't interested" at the time. "This is the first time I've really started to take footy seriously. Last year I started getting selected for the representative teams and as I got bigger into those I tried to work harder."