McDonald’s Seagulls Academy


The McDonald’s Seagulls Academy supported by the Brisbane Broncos, is the Elite Player Development Program run by the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

The McDonald’s Seagulls Academy is a program to educate young players who have displayed potential about all aspects of Rugby League, both on and off the field. The club is committed to providing resources to this program to enable it to provide the best possible program to our future Seagulls. Recently the club completed a significant redevelopment of its training facility and boasts ‘first class’ training and match facilities for all Seagulls Academy players.

The McDonald’s Seagulls Academy program plays a crucial role in the recruitment structure of the Seagulls. The purpose of the program is to produce the bulk of our Intrust Super Cup squad into the future. The Junior Academy consists of 12 to 15-year olds.

McDonald’s Seagulls Academy Pre-Season Camp 2020

The McDonald’s Seagulls Senior Academy is targeted at our u/16 players and is aimed at providing a best practice High Performance environment that allows all involved to flourish and maximise their opportunities as they transition into our Emerging Seagulls Program.

Emerging Seagulls Program provides our u/18 Mal Meninga squad and u/20 Hastings Deering colts squad with a best practice system based on acquiring all the attributes required to play in the NRL, Access to highly qualified skill coaches, player welfare, strength and conditioning, medical staff and a clear pathway for athletes to build a career in rugby league.

In season 2019 our Mal Meninga and Hasting Deering’s colts both made it to the State Finals. We would also like to congratulate and wish players all the best that are leaving our Seagulls program after securing NRL deals for 2020 and beyond. Reece Hoffman, Jake Simpkons, JJ Clarkson, Grand Hagi and Connagh Takairangi and pleased to announce Will Parslow and TC Robati have secured deals with our affiliate Brisbane Broncos.

2020 EMERGING Seagulls Representative honours:

  • Harrison Graham QLD U/18
  • Reece Hoffman QLD U/18
  • Jake Simpkins QLD U/18
  • Connagh Takairangi QLD OPENS SCHOOL BOYS

Want to join the Seagulls Academy?

For information on how to join the Seagulls Academy squads, please contact the Seagulls Pathways Manager, Jon Buchanan at