Bulldogs sign Mackay teenager
A MACKAY teenager is following in the footsteps of Bulldogs sensation Ben Barba.
Souths' junior rugby league player Kyle Krisanski-Kennedy has signed for the same NRL club as former Mackay player Barba.
Krisanski-Kennedy will move to Sydney at the end of the year. He has signed a three-year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs.
His signing comes after being identified playing for Capricornia last month at the under-18s four-day rugby league cup championships in Maroochydore by expert talent scout Noel Cleal.
Krisanski-Kennedy, 17, a fullback or halfback was man of the match in his side's second game.
It was his performance in that match, his father Brett said, which sealed the Bulldogs signing for the emerging player.
"At the championships Noel approached Gavin Orr, Kyle's player manager and signalled some interest then," he said.
"It wasn't until when the Storm played the Bulldogs here in Mackay a few weeks ago that we chatted with Noel and he said the Bulldogs were interested in signing Kyle."
The year 12 Mackay State high school student said he had always wanted to play a higher level of rugby league. "It feels awesome to be signed," he said.
"I never dreamt it would happen."
Krisanski-Kennedy will initially play SG Ball, an under-18s competition before moving up to the Toyota Cup under-20s.
Krisanski-Kennedy noted Mackay High School's renowned rugby league academy had developed his overall game.
"Both Nathan Doyle and Bill Esau (academy leaders) have both been fantastic and really helpful to me," he said.
Kyle will again meet with the Bulldogs later in the year to learn more about his initial commitments with the club and its plans for him over the next 12 months.
- Three-year deal with NRL club, the Bulldogs
- Moves to Sydney at year's end
- A fullback or halfback