Gladstone's Jack Glossop, 14, is in the under-14 CQ NRL Bid Junior Development Squad.
Gladstone's Jack Glossop, 14, is in the under-14 CQ NRL Bid Junior Development Squad. Lisa Maynard

Young rising star sets sights on future NRL team spot

RUGBY League player Jack Glossop is one to watch.

The talented 14-year-old, who plays for the Valleys Diehards, was a front rower for the CQ NRL Bid development squad on its recent four-day south-east tour.

The under-13 and under-14 teams played two games of league each, playing Brisbane's Marsden State High School on Thursday and Gold Coast's Keebra Park State High School on Friday.

Glossop's team lost to Marsden 20-12 and their game against Keebra Park was a 16-all draw.

Jack said his team hadn't gone in expecting to draw with such a top football school.

Going on tour is nothing new for Jack.

The Toolooa SHS student was part of the inaugural junior development program under-13 team last year and recently went up to the Tassell Trophy Challenge in Cairns, where he was named Player of the Carnival.

Jack's impressive accomplishments are not without hard work, with the budding athlete training four times a week during the season and having his progress on workouts monitored constantly by his development squad coaches and managers, through the program Vector Health.

"It helps keep up our strength in the off-season," he said.

Starting playing the game a year early, Jack has been playing rugby league for a decade.

So what drives him to keep on going?

"It's probably for the love of the game," he said.

"It's the people you get to meet and the places you get to see."

Jack said he was striving to play in the NYL and the NRL.

"My goal is to play just one NRL game. Anything more than that is a bonus," he said.

Jack's CQ squad is having a break-up on November 3 and will be playing basketball in the summer, a sport which he has also made representative squads for.

Show your support for up-and-coming players like Jack by joining the CQ NRL Bid.



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