Pickersgill has eye of tiger for clash against PNG tonight

capras player Liam Pickersgill. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
capras player Liam Pickersgill. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

LIAM Pickersgill is giving it all he's got ahead of the 2014 Queensland Intrust Super Cup season.

The 18-year-old has ambitions of joining the Brisbane Broncos ranks in 2015.

The long road to the top begins tonight when Pickersgill suits up for the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras in their first home trial of 2014.

Pickersgill, who graduated from the Rockhampton Grammar School in 2012, caught the eye of Capras coach Jason Hetherington while playing in the Capras under-18 squad last year.

The robust youngster was promoted to the senior side for their final round match.

A member of the Broncos development program since he was 15, Pickersgill said he hoped to impress when he had the opportunity on the field at Browne Park tonight in the Capras' pre-season trial against PNG Hunters.

"I'm a bit nervous as it's only my third game with the Capras," Pickersgill said.

"I was with the 18s last year so it's a pretty big honour that Jason has selected me.

"I'll probably be playing a few games with the under-21s but it's good to get an opportunity to play in front of Jason. I'm hopefully trying to get a spot in the A-grade team and then maybe move somewhere at the end of the year."

Pickersgill expected a very tough battle with PNG and said it was a relief to have the Capras' experienced players back on board for the clash.

"I'd say PNG will be pretty physical, so I'm pretty grateful that the boys are back from last weekend," he said.

"Being younger than everyone else, I feel a bit of pressure but it's a big confidence boost with all the fellas coming back from the Broncos and who were away on the weekend.

"The best team I've played against was the game last week (against Sunshine Coast Falcons) so it's a big step for me."

Pickersgill said he would tap into advice from experienced Capras team mates come game time.

"They (the senior Capras) help me out heaps. Whether it is on the field or at training, through the pre-season and in the gym, it's good to have fellas around like Guy Williams and that," he said.


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