Titans young gun Treymain Spry will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his idol when he pulls on the Queensland Under-20s jersey next Wednesday.
Spry and fellow Titans NRL squad member Tanah Boyd were both selected in the Queensland Under-20s team to face New South Wales in the curtain-raiser ahead of State of Origin III at ANZ Stadium on July 10.
The centre has always looked up to the recently retired Greg Inglis, and his selection in the representative side takes him one step closer to joining him as a Queensland Maroon.
“His (Inglis) ability to do what he does, and how he goes about his work, was really good to watch,” Spry told The Gold Coast Bulletin.
“It’s always good to get picked for Queensland, so it’ll be good to play in the game.”
The impressive new recruit joined the club in the off-season and while he has a very quiet demeanour, the youngster has been pushing the entire group to the limit in the gym, posting some numbers that are hard to be ignored.
Spry has been plying his trade this season as part of the Tweed Seagulls Intrust Super Cup side and has thrived at the challenge of playing against the men each week at a higher level of football.
“I’m just trying to get better each week. It’s a big step up from 20s to Cup, so it’s good (for my development),” he said.
Coach Garth Brennan has always been keen on the younger talent in the game and knows that Spry isn’t far away from an NRL opportunity.
“I’ve said time and time again that I’m not in the business of rushing guys,” he said.
“It’s happened with AJ (Brimson), Moe (Fotuaika) and Jai (Whitbread). Everyone’s time will come, and there are a number of things I want the guys to develop in their game before getting an opportunity at NRL level.
“Treymain and I have spoken about things he needs to work on, but he is certainly someone with a lot of talent.
“It’s great for him and Tanah to have been selected in the side and I hope they take something away from the experience.”