Keen to shine
MITCHELL Marsh hopes his move to Queensland and the Warwick Cowboys will take him one small step towards an NRL career.
Marsh played rugby union in New Zealand until 2004 before starting his rugby league career.
He starred for the Hawkes Bay Unicorns in his hometown and then for Hamilton City Tigers where he made the Waikato representative team.
Marsh played in the New Zealand Provincial Tournament with WaiCoa Bay Stallions, which led to his selection in the New Zealand Maoris team in 2010.
He played for the New Zealand Maoris in wins against New Zealand Universities and a Papua New Guinea amateur team.
Marsh scored the first two Maoris tries against the universities side from the second row.
Last season, he played the second half of the season with Kalamunda Bulldogs in Perth.
He scored nine tries in half a season at centre.
At 115kg, Marsh prefers the physicality of the forwards but his Perth club needed centres and he was moved wider.
"I want to take my footy up a level in Warwick and aim to play Queensland Cup in the future," Marsh said.
At age 24, Marsh reckons he still has time to forge an NRL career but realises he must first make it to Queensland Cup level.
He has been in Warwick for two weeks, already joined a gym and started running along the banks of the Condamine River.
Long runs are split up with some sprint work at Father Ranger Oval.
"I am slowly building up for the season," he said.
"I never specialise, I pay the same attention to attack and defence."
Cowboys coach Gary Lawrence said Marsh would give the side a lot of go forward.
"He has the size and speed," Lawrence said.
"I'm looking at him as a forward and he will give other players opportunities for quick play the balls to continue the roll forward."
The first game against Aspley is on February 25.