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Podcast: BTR Episode 52 with Alex Lobb

This week’s guest on Behind The Roar is former Dragons’ winger Alex Lobb, who will make his first starting appearance in the NRL on Friday night in Wollongong.

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Lobb, a 22-year-old Wollongong local, joined Wests Tigers in the off-season looking for an opportunity that would enable him to make his NRL debut.

That unfolded, rather unexpectedly, in the team’s most recent match against the Cowboys in Townsville.

It was an unlikely debut with little fuss or fanfare in the lead up to the game.  As Alex explains, it was not how he thought it would happen, but he’s stoked that it did.

His debut milestone was belatedly celebrated this week at the club when his partner and family made the trip to the Zurich Centre to present Alex with his very first NRL jersey.

Alex presented with his first NRL jersey at the Zurich Centre
Alex presented with his first NRL jersey at the Zurich Centre

They will be there on Friday night too when Alex gets to run out in the starting side for the very first time, against of all sides his former club, and just up the road from home.

We chat to Lobby about his first 12 minutes in first grade, about his pathway to Wests Tigers after switching from soccer to league, and about how he’s enjoyed his first season at Concord despite the daily journey from the Gong.

Lobb on debut in Townsville
Lobb on debut in Townsville

We also dig a bit deeper into the mindset of a player and how he prepares for a match when named as 18th man.

The build up to Friday night's match might be a little different for Alex to what he experienced in Townsville, but you can bet your bottom dollar, he will be prepared.

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