Reds half eager to be a force in Super Rugby
RUGBY UNION: Reds halfback Tate McDermott wants to impose himself on Super Rugby this year, when he expects to fire alongside Isaac Lucas.
The Sunshine Coast 21-year-old enters his third elite campaign full of optimism, after showing highly-promising signs in 2019.
“I’m really excited to take more control of the team this year and play the game that I like to play, which is running rugby,” he said.
“I want to impose myself on the competition and I want to see Queensland do well.”
He said he was forging a dangerous connection with flyhalf Lucas.
“We’ve got a really good combination. We played together a lot growing up and I’m really excited to see what we can do with the team,” he said.
“I think Isaac will be a really exciting player this year. He also loves running the ball and is awesome to play inside of.
“And on the outside of him, you’ve got Jordy Petaia, a big up-and-coming superstar. He’s an absolute weapon for us and he’ll light the competition on fire.
“I’m also starting to develop a good combination with Harry Wilson at the back of the scrum, which is looking good at the moment.”
McDermott, who last year signed a contract extension until the end of 2023, is a rising star in Australian rugby but any thoughts of being selected for his country are on hold.
“It would be pretty selfish if I was thinking about higher honours before I performed at a Queensland level,” he said.
“If I play good footy then so be it but I want to see this state do well. Until that happens, then I’m not really thinking about throwing on the gold jersey.”
He expects a relatively young Reds outfit to be highly competitive.
They haven’t finished higher than 13th for the past six years.
They walloped the Rebels 57-5 in a trial at Gladstone last week and will collide with the Waratahs in another pre-season game at Dalby on Friday before their season gets under way against the Brumbies at Canberra next week.