Local footy heroes share in success
TWO former Gympie rugby league players have not only found themselves taking leaps and bounds in their football careers but have now been featured on a popular video game.
Former Ipswich Jets full-back Carlin Anderson and Parramatta Eels under-20's player Jack Morris have both been rostered on to the recently released video game, Rugby League Live 3.
Anderson said players are included on the roster if they play either as a part of the NRL or one of the state leagues such as the Intrust Super Cup.
Neither of the players knew they had been included in the newest version of the game.
"Few of my mates told me they were playing with (my character) on the game," Anderson said.
"My housemate bought it and we have been playing it."
Anderson said although it was "weird" playing himself in the video game it was pretty exciting knowing he had been included on the game.
He has left the Jets to follow the next step in his career, which is to play in the NRL in 2016, with the Brisbane Broncos.
Anderson, 20, begins his first day of pre-season training on Monday with the A-grade side.
The former James Nash High School student said he had always wanted to play for the Broncos and hopes he can play every week while on his full-time contract for 2016.
Morris was equally surprised to be featured on the video game and was told by teammates they had been included in the game.
"We played each other on the TV," Morris said.
The former Gympie Devils A-grade player said he was happy with his statistics but reckons they might have made him a bit quicker than he actually is.
"The headshots are a bit funny - they change the way you look a bit," he said.
"It is pretty cool considering they only come out every few years."
The second-row forward has been with Parramatta for two years and will begin his third year of pre-season training soon.
"I decided to go with Parramatta rather than New Castle at the time."
Morris, 19, will decide his next move once his contract finishes next year - whether he gets resigned or goes somewhere else.
"I'm loving it down here," he said.
Morris hopes to eventually progress through to the NRL and obtain a pre-season NRL contract to gain a bit of experience.