CONNOR Claridge has played for Queensland's under-12 rugby league side, so he is serious about one day making an appearance in the NRL.

His attitude has only become more focused after the Calliope Junior Rugby League Development Day.

The 13-year-old rubbed shoulders with three ex-NRL players, who taught him how to approach training and his rugby league career in general.

"It is going to take a lot of hard work," he said.

"You need to respect other people and the whole game to do it."

CHARGING FORWARD: Connor Claridge takes down a tackle bag at the Calliope Junior Rugby League Development Day.
CHARGING FORWARD: Connor Claridge takes down a tackle bag at the Calliope Junior Rugby League Development Day. Mike Richards GLACALL

Petero Civoniceva told Connor he needed to approach every training session as a chance to learn something or improve a skill.

It can be hard for juniors to always show up mentally ready at training, but Connor is ready to give it his best shot.

"I treat it as if it were an NRL club, it helps out a lot," he said.

The Calliope Roosters junior has been told to have fun as the main aim.

On the back of that his game will improve.

Connor has had a look at nifty and quick PJ Marsh and knows size is not an issue.

"It is good to not need to be as big as Petero," he laughed.

"Just knowing how tough it is to get to that level they played is good.

"They have inspired me."



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