Story/photo by Wayne Cousins
Mitchell Moses stands 10 metres away from a Wests Tigers advertising sign unaware of the significance it may well have one day.
The sign, erected on the Latchem Robinson grandstand side of Leichhardt Oval, promotes 2013 Its My Life membership and features big names Adam Blair, Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah, Braith Anasta and Keith Galloway.
Moses innocently stands at the end of the sign whilst applying his work trade in his role as a Wests Tigers development trainee at the Curtis Sironen and Aaron Woods Junior International clinic for 12-13 year-old Balmain junior rugby league players. Joining him at the clinic is fellow trainee and talented half Luke Brooks.
Moses, a skilful five-eighth/half, is showing young Matt, a Carlingford Cougars junior, how to kick the Steeden properly.
Watch how you drop it, Moses says before demonstrating.
Matt kicks it a short distance.
There you go, almost there. Dont drop your hands around it.
At Moses instruction, Matt has another go.
Perfect now, thats the way to do it. Good kick
Both smile. Matts confidence grows as one part of his game improves. Moses himself knows only too well what these rugby league clinics do for young players.
Six years ago, this was me getting the lessons at these school holiday clinics, the former Carlingford and Holy Cross Rhinos junior said.
I used to love to coming to them and to meet the NRL players and get some valuable tips. I use to go back to my junior games and work hard on what I learnt from the players.
The tips and hard work have paid off with the 2012 NSWRL SG Ball Player of the Year now a vital member of Todd Paytens NYC side this season. Having missed the past two weeks through injury, 18-year-old Moses will return to the field against the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval on Friday week.
This time, he will be hoping his own kicking game works well and his career continues to bloom as part of the next generation of Wests Tigers players along with Brooks.
And just maybe in six years time, young Matt will be standing in front of a similar Wests Tigers advertising board with Moses face on it, running a coaching clinic just like todays.
Stranger things have happened in this great game of rugby league.