Ex-Crusher and Emerald Cowboy makes the most of his opportunity.
Ex-Crusher and Emerald Cowboy makes the most of his opportunity. Matty Holdsworth

Fromer Blackwater Crusher Lachlan Reid on the rise

FORMER Blackwater Crusher Lachlan Reid took one step forward in his development as a rugby league player last week, with a successful trial run with the Townsville Blackhawks.

The 17-year-old centre, now playing for the Emerald Cowboys, revealed that he has been invited back for pre-season up in Townsville next year, which will help pave the way for his future.

The newest team to the Queensland Cup have set the competition alight in 2015 and gave Reid the option to play for their under-20s team.

Emerald have recently formed a relationship with the Blackhawks and are hoping to make a road for Highlands products to utilise.

Reid said the week's trial was tough and a higher standard of training, but he was not out of his depth.

"It was good, a real eye-opener," Reid, who lists Greg Inglis as the player he idolises.

"It was definitely a higher standard of training; there was no room for error, but I think I made an impression.

"Inglis would be the type of player that I try and mould my game around.

"I don't have his strength obviously, but I am strong and have a decent fend and running game."

Reid spent his junior life playing for the Crushers until he was 16, before he found a home in Emerald.

He said the huge amount of numbers vying for the Blackwater open team forced him to change clubs, a change that he is now grateful of.

"Crushers were a great club for me, but there were about 40 players competing for spots, so I thought I'd make a change," he said.

"They were a really strong, tight-knit community and it helped me. Mal Williams and Graham Carsburg, they helped me heaps."


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