Brayden Hockings is playing for the Clydesdales in FOGS colts this season.
Brayden Hockings is playing for the Clydesdales in FOGS colts this season. Gerard Walsh

Attacker pushes the limits

BRAYDEN Hockings is set to become the first Warwick Cowboys footballer to play a fixture game for the Toowoomba Clydesdales in the FOGS colts' competition.

Last season, Hockings won best and fairest and players' player for the Cowboys in A-grade and jumped at the chance to play in a metropolitan competition this year.

Scott Hart, of Dalby, is coach of the first Clydesdales team to play in the FOGS Cup.

Hockings is in a squad of 22 and confident he will make the 17 for the first competition game on March 11.

He would like to be referred to as an attacking player who defends and last season was keen to back up Cowboys prop Gary Ellery who created plenty of attacking opportunities.

"Gary gave us a good roll on," Hockings said.

Throughout his career, Hockings has been in the second row.

He won an under-16 premiership with Collegians before playing two years of U18 footy with the Cowboys.

In his second U18 season in 2010, he debuted in A grade.

With help from coach George McVeigh, Hockings worked on his ball distribution skills last season.

He wants a top season with the Clydesdales "to see where it takes me".

"If I can make it to Queensland Cup level, that will give me a chance to push for the next level," he said.

While he is a Newcastle Knights fan, Hockings will put that aside if he attracts interest from any NRL club.

He now works out in the gym in Warwick and travels twice a week to Toowoomba for Clydesdales training at Gold Park.


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