Duck takes on Raiders
FORMER Warwick Cowboys under-18 footballer Shane Duck played his first trial game for the Canberra Raiders S.G. Ball squad yesterday after signing a three-year deal with the club.
Shane hails from Tenterfield and was one of three players from south of the border to play for the Warwick U18 side in 2010.
An inside back or back rower, Duck won the awards for top Cowboys U18 tackler in 2010 and also played four games in his debut season of A grade.
Shane’s father Evan Duck said his son was approached by Canberra and two other NRL clubs after playing for Greater Western New South Wales in the secondary school championships in Newcastle this year.
“He is really happy in Canberra.
“The club said they would find him a job and he started work as a builder’s labourer on his second day in the city.
“Shane is likely to start a builder’s apprenticeship in the New Year.”
New Cowboys A-grade coach George McVeigh coached Duck in the U18s this season.
“He played five-eighth for us but will make an excellent lock forward,” McVeigh said.
“His tackling style is well-balanced and effective. Shane has a great attitude, loves to train hard and is a good listener.
“He represented New South Wales in athletics and has a similar running style to former Australian and Canberra lock Bradley Clyde.”
McVeigh has no doubt Duck will go well in Canberra.
“He only missed one game this season due to the New South Wales school carnival. He is tough and played one game with an injury.”