One of the qualities good rugby league judges often say you can never put a price on? Speed. And by all reports Eels young gun Dylan Brown has it in spades.
The story that made us sit up and take notice was when Parramatta coach Brad Arthur talked up the day Bevan French made a break at training.
The 18-year-old NRL rookie Brown not only ran him down and but also bundled him into touch.
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The other great indicators for Brown are the fact he can tackle like a back-rower and loves taking the line on.
There’s good reason for genuine excitement about the NRL debut of this teenager.
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BIRD FLYING BACK INTO FORM
THE Brisbane Broncos have essentially got a new recruit in one-time NSW Origin utility Jack Bird.
Forget last season, judge Bird on what he produces over the next 12 months.
The Broncos have confirmed Bird has stripped off 7kgs over the summer with the 2016 grand final winner completing every minute of every session in pre-season.
The other good news? No issues with his shoulder reconstruction and his fractured sternum is completely healed.
INGLIS READY TO ROCK AGAINST LATRELL
GREG Inglis didn’t appear like he was in any doubt for Friday night’s grudge match against the Sydney Roosters during South Sydney training at Redfern on Monday.
And the Bunnies right-edge had a lethal look about it. Sam Burgess, Adam Reynolds, Inglis and Dane Gagai is an all-star representative line-up.
Still at Redfern, we were surprised to see the Rabbitohs engage in a full-field game of AFL for about ten minutes during training.
With supercoach Wayne Bennett playing the role of umpire, the Bunnies took to running around the Melbourne-way of going just to break up an opposed session.
KEARY READY FOR BLUES CALL-UP
THE evolution of Luke Keary was one of the best football narratives of last season.
And his Sydney Roosters halves partner Cooper Cronk believes Keary now has the perfect temperament to make the transition into State of Origin football.
Aside from winning the Clive Churchill Medal, Keary also made his Test debut for Australia at the back end of last year.
Origin is now the playmaker’s final frontier and grand final hero Cronk is adamant Keary will handle the furnace that is Origin football.
COWBOYS RISE ABOVE THE FLOOD
THE Cowboys continue to prove they are one of the most resilient clubs in Australian sport. Winger Nene MacDonald was recently forced to spend time living in a caravan park when the floods swept through Townsville.
Other players Gavin Cooper, Jake Granville and Kurt Baptiste were also badly hit and have been forced into temporary accommodation.
In total including some of the Cowboys staff members the club had 13 families affected.
In true country fashion, you won’t catch them whinging or looking to use it as any sort of excuse.
STORM ON THE MARKET
MELBOURNE Storm chairman Bart Campbell has confirmed the club is continuing to explore selling a percentage of the club to its fans, similar to the model used by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL.
Campbell confirmed to Fox Sports the owners of the club had also discussed selling the Storm to alternate private investors last December.
But the owners – Campbell, Matthew Tripp and Gerry Ryan – have decided against this and are instead continuing to seek interest among fans and members.
Campbell said more than 8000 Storm supporters have registered interest in learning more about becoming share holders in the club.
In the NFL, the Green Bay Packers have more than 361,000 members. The Melbourne Storm currently has 25,000 members with the club outlining an ambition to double that to 50,000 by the end of 2023.