Twenty-four-year-old Bryce Cartwright will celebrate a significant sporting milestone today when he runs out onto Cbus Super Stadium for the 100th NRL match of his career.
After a lower-grades career that saw him win the 2013 NYC final with Penrith, being named NYC player of the year and gaining selection in the Junior Kangaroos, Bryce can still recall every second of his Round 12 debut with the Panthers in 2014.
“It’s pretty special,” Cartwright said of his 100th game. “I remember like yesterday when I debuted out at Penrith against Parramatta, and I got my jersey today presented from Peatsy (Titans hooker Nathan Peats) and funnily enough, I played against him in my debut game. So that was pretty cool to receive my jersey from him, and I am just pumped to play.”
After, by his own admission, a disappointing first season with the Gold Coast, Bryce says he now feels settled, and at home, at the Titans with the talented utility now determined to help shape a successful future for the club.
“I came up here last year and everything was rushed and I had never had any change in my life up until then and it was hard to adjust,” he said. “I feel like I am finding my feet now and getting used to things and, you know, I still have a hell of a lot to improve on and I am just trying to do that each week.
“I love the place, and everyone made me feel welcome as soon as I got here. I just love everything about it here and hopefully we can put some wins together in the back-end of the year and build for a big season next year.”
While Bryce will lead the team out through a match-day milestone banner, he more excited
about running out and playing alongside English international and new Titans teammate Kallum Watkins.
“I am pumped to see him play,” Cartwright said. “I have loved watching him play for England and he is such a strike, and I think he is exactly what we needed – a bit of experience too. He’s been really good around the place and everyone is excited to see him play.”
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|NRL Clubs||Penrith Panthers||68 games|
|Gold Coast Titans||31 games|
|Representative Honours||NSW City|
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