By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE LATEST edition has rolled off the Gladstone rugby league production line after Redcliffe's signing of Brothers young gun Dion Porteous.
The talented 18-year-old heads to the capital this Sunday after impressing at the Dolphins trials three weeks ago.
Understandably, Porteous didn't hesitate when asked to sign with Redcliffe, who are the feeder club of his favourite NRL team, Sydney Roosters.
"Mate, I was rapt when they (Redcliffe) offered me the chance to sign,'' Porteous said.
"I really wanted to play there going into the trials and for the club to want me was great.
"Their alignment with the Roosters was something that just attracted me.
"I just can't wait to get into training and next year.''
A pacy utility back, Porteous is expecting to line up at fullback, wing or in the centres next season.
He was one of just four players selected from the trials and will start with the Colts (under-19 team) in 2006.
For a player who only took up rugby league in 2003, signing with the Queensland Cup powerhouses is a massive effort.
Throw that in with a 12-month stint on the sideline in 2004 through a major knee injury and Porteous knows about the ups and downs of sport.
The significance is not lost on Porteous, who credits hard work as a major factor in his rapid rise in league.
"I really love playing league, soccer got a bit boring for me and I can't wait to get down to Brisbane.
"Footy is number one now and to be part of a Queensland Cup club is something I am excited to be part of,'' he said.
Porteous joins former Gladstone star Lyndon Nagas at the Dolphins.