It's State of Origin week and iSelect Titans squad members Caleb Binge and James Roberts enjoined returning to their origins in northern NSW yesterday to encourage students from Kadina High School at Lismore to follow their goals in life and sport.
While there they also handed on some valuable rugby league tips at junior clubs Marist Brothers and Northern United, joining Titans development manager Darren Robb as part of one of several community visits to the area.
Binge, born in Lismore, and Roberts are both products of the area and played together for the Ballina Seagulls as juniors. They enjoyed heading back to Lismore to run some coaching clinics and pass on important messages about having goals and what it takes to achieve them.
“This is my home town so it's always good to comeback and talk to the kids,” Binge said.
The Kadina High School students enjoyed a short clinic with the players before sitting down to have chat.
“The players spoke about how they got to play NRL and what it is what like to grow up in the area, which gave us incentive to try to achieve our dreams,” said one student.
“It was great to hear the players share their experiences and pass on their positive advice to the students," praised teacher Mark Ippolito.
The players later conducted a clinic for Marist Brothers and Northern United players at Oakes Oval to round up a big afternoon. All those who attended left with a Titans team poster, photos, autographs and some food and drink donated by Woolworths Goonellabah.