As the Under 19s State of Origin approaches, The Inner Sanctum will be delivering player profiles, interviews and information about the New South Wales squad members. These relatively unknown players are the future stars of the next generation.
Up next Trey Mooney.
Trey Mooney will be the starting lock for the Blues on Thursday night. After being part of the Raiders’ developmental system, he was finally called up to the first-grade team to take on the Roosters.
On the defensive end, he made eight tackles with an efficiency rate of 88.9 per cent. In attack, he was able to take three hit-ups making 32 running metres in total.
Unfortunately, he was not able to get many minutes coming off the bench and will hope to get more opportunities moving forward.
With the Raiders losing Adam Elliott and Ryan Sutton to different clubs next year, Mooney will be looking to be a regular in the starting 17. His versatility in the forward pack has made him one of the game’s next promising young talents.
Beginning his career in the Paramatta Eels junior system, he was able to secure a three-year contract with the Raiders at the end of the 2021 season, which will keep him in Canberra until 2024. The 20-year-old will hope to follow in his teammate Josh Papalii’s footsteps in receiving numerous representative honours in the future.
After receiving the Junior Representative Player of the Year, Mooney will be looking to make an impact on Thursday night, to prove to his critics that he is the ‘big deal’.
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What was the feeling when you were selected into the New South Wales Under 19s Squad?
“Just happy, sort of a relief like all the hard work has paid off in that little moment.”
What players have you learnt the most from?
“Jack Wighton and Papa [Josh Papalii]. (They) show their leadership around the team and what it takes to be a good player.”
Do you have any words of advice for kids growing up and wanting to represent their state in the future?
“Never give up and keep going. Just keep training and no rest days.”
The Under 19s State of Origin can be seen on Channel Nine on Thursday 23rd June. NRL is allowing schools and clubs to attend the game at Leichhardt Oval for free in the General Admission area. Kick-off is at 7:45 pm AEST
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