ON THE RISE: Former Gympie junior and current Blackhawks fullback Carlin Anderson has signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys.
ON THE RISE: Former Gympie junior and current Blackhawks fullback Carlin Anderson has signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys. Shae Beplate

NRL contracts highlight proud heritage of Gympie talent

SHORT PASS: Former Gympie rugby league star Carlin Anderson's deal with the Cowboys means more to Gympie than I think he may realise.

Despite Anderson finishing school at Ipswich Grammar, the 21-year old still identifies as a Gympie junior.

He is the latest Gympie product to ink a full-time deal with an NRL club.

Jack Morris has been in the Eels system since he was in high school and is regarded as one of the best talents in the country.

In a town where there is a perceived notion that rugby league is struggling, we seem to have an inordinate number of players who have made, and are still making their mark on the game at the elite level.

If you discount Anderson and Morris, we still have players like Kris Kahler and Billy Rogers that have played first grade in recent years.

Both of those players were direct products of Gympie's junior ranks and even after their NRL careers finished, gave back to the game at a local level.

While the town has struggled on the field for some time, the powers that be are obviously doing something right.

Having four players seriously linked with NRL clubs in the last decade is really something this town should be proud of.

I have a feeling if Anderson and Morris live up to the hype, there will be a few more Eel's and Cowboy's supporters down this way.

Gympie Times


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