Dyldam Parramatta Eels District Representative and NYC players Bevan French, Nathan Davis, Alex Twal and Joey Lussick have been named to participate in the upcoming New South Wales Under 20s pathways camp on 5-6 December 2014.
The two-day Pathways Camp at Narrabeen kicks off on Friday with NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley at the helm. Players will participate in training and skills work and also enjoy sessions on the type of attitude and high performance required for State of Origin delivered by several guest speakers.
“These youngsters represent the future for New South Wales,” said NSW VB Blues coach Laurie Daley.
“If we want to be successful long-term with State of Origin we have to provide the pathways for our elite juniors.
“For the individual athletes selected to join the NSW U 20s pathways this is another opportunity for them to further develop and no doubt they are excited by the prospect. Collectively as a group we take satisfaction knowing our Elite Programs are working,” said Anthony Field, Parramatta Eels Player Development Coaching and Recruitment.
Field pinpointed that the four Eels Representative players have been working hard in the Eels Elite Programs pathway and their hard work was rewarded with their selection.
“A little over 12 months ago Bevan was running around in Coonabarabran, he has put on 11kg of lean body mass since I saw him play that day,” said Field.
“Nathan Davis not long ago was identified whilst playing Division 2 footy in the PDRL system whilst Alex Twal this time last year was recovering from serious ankle surgery and remained in rehab for an entire preseason”.
“Joey Lussick has had to work hard for everything he has achieved, he like the other boys has benefited from the resources and support network placed around them.”
“Recognising our rising stars and giving them a taste of what it means to play State of Origin and the preparation needed on and off the field is vital. This is a wonderful opportunity for these young players and the sessions we’ve organised are with some of the high-performance team members who helped the NSW VB Blues achieve their State of Origin goals” said Daley.
While the current Australian Schoolboys tour, which features three Eels Junior Representatives, to the UK has ruled out some rising stars, 34 players will attend the two-day camp.