Seagulls Academy graduate and local Wynnum junior Harrison Graham will get his first taste of Intrust Super Cup football against Norths this Saturday.
The Queensland Under-18 utility forward has trained with the senior squad all pre-season as part of the Emerging Seagulls program and has impressed with his toughness and work ethic.
Seagulls Academy manager Glen Dreger states Graham is part of a new wave of local juniors who will be pushing through for Intrust Super Cup jerseys in the coming years.
“(Harrison) is a really good kid who has worked his way up in local programs: Wynnum Juniors, Iona College and the Seagulls Academy.
His growth shows not only how hard he has worked, but also how well all of these programs are working together and the opportunities available to young people in the area.
“You saw Reece Hoffman last season (make his Intrust Super Cup debut), and there are a number of other young players, including Max Plath and Shannon Gardiner, who will be knocking on the door for senior jerseys over the coming seasons.”
Dreger believes that Graham’s effort on and off the ball is what has caught the eye of the Gulls’ coaching staff.
“Watching (Harrison) at training this pre-season, his work ethic is second to none; he is not overly big but he always has a go and gives himself every chance.
His support play through the middle is really good which shows how hard he is willing to work.”
Harrison Graham will be wearing number 15 this weekend, which is proudly sponsored by Iona College, where Graham is an Old Boy.
Please note that due to weather conditions, all matches have been transferred to Bribie Island Rugby League Club. Under 18s will kick off at 4pm, Under 20s at 5.30pm and Intrust Super Cup at 7pm. The Intrust Super Cup game will also be shown live and free on Strudwick’s Tree Lopping SeagullsTV.