Jack Buchanan moves a step closer to his NRL dream

HUNGRY TIGERS..Young prop Jack Buchanan (rear) goes in to make a tackle with Adam Blair and Eddy Pettybourne against Parramatta at Campbelltown last Saturday night. Photo: Wayne Cousins


Prop Jack Buchanan moved a little step closer to achieving every young players dream of competing in the NRL at Campbelltown Sports Stadium last Saturday night.


Originally named in the Wests Tigers NSW Cup team for the trial against Wentworthville Magpies, Buchanan was a last minute call up to the NRL side following the withdrawal of prop Matt Bell through illness.


Having played NYC for St George-Illawarra last season, Buchanans only other experience of playing against grown men was in the combined Wests Tigers team for the trial match against Penrith a week earlier where he turned in a strong performance.


Wests Tigers Captain and hooker Robbie Farah said he has been impressed with Buchanans commitment at training.


Jack is a young kid who has trained really well all pre-season. He has got a big future ahead of him, Farah said.


Being called up to replace Belly was a big occasion for him but he can proud of his effort. He held his own.


Buchanan said the speed of the NRL trial had caught him to begin with but quickly settled into his normal pattern.


It may have only been an NRL trial but for me, it was a great opportunity, Buchanan said.


Adam Blair and Keith Galloway took me under their wing and kept talking to me in the warm up and during the game. They certainly made me feel comfortable.


I suppose I am one step closer to achieving my dream of playing an NRL premiership match now following the trial but I still have so much to learn. I was reasonably happy with my performance but there are a few areas I need to work on.


It was a great experience. Hopefully I can get another crack in the NRL trial against the Sydney Roosters this Saturday night.


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