PLAY HARDER: Seagulls rising star Tyler Keogh Paladin, 12 was the only Tannum Sands player chosen for the Queensland under 12 side. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
PLAY HARDER: Seagulls rising star Tyler Keogh Paladin, 12 was the only Tannum Sands player chosen for the Queensland under 12 side. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven

‘Get back up, smash them even harder’: 12yo league player

TYLER Keogh Paladin is 12 years old, weighs 70kg and knows how to throw his weight around.

On Friday the up-and-coming rugby league star is heading to Brisbane for seven days training for the under-12 Queensland team as a front rower.

He was the only one chosen from the Tannum Sands Seagulls and it could be down to his tackling skills.

"I love playing. It's fun to smash people and getting smashed just makes you want to get back up and smash them even harder," Tyler said.

Tyler is determined to play for the NRL and next Friday he will get the chance to train with the Brisbane Broncos, a team he hopes will one day sign him.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Corey Parker. He's a good all-round player."

Tyler's dad, Stefan Paladin, said the moment his son's name was called out for the team he started screaming across the field.

Only 17 players were picked out of 204 who played in the state championships.



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