PLAYER Tom Casey: New Junior Signing

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  1. McHunt

    McHunt BRL Player

    GPS Rugby 2018: Broncos snap up Ipswich Grammar’s Tom Casey

    Jim Tucker, The Courier-Mail30 minutes ago
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    THERE are glimpses of Matt Bowen in the nimble footwork of Ipswich Grammar fullback Tom Casey, who wants to turn his break with the senior Brisbane Broncos academy into an NRL career.
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    First XV Ipswich Grammar fullback Tom Casey in action against Terrace. Photo: Liam Kidston
    Steve Nance is not prone to over-the-top praise so you listen to the craggy-faced fitness guru who was in charge of physical preparation at the Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and the World Cup-winning Wallabies in the 1990s.
    He casually dropped the Bowen comparison when discussing Casey’s best moments during this GPS schools rugby season when his agility, sidestep and ever-present support play have opened up the best defences.
    “He’s got that Matty Bowen thing … he’s not that big but he just knows how to beat a man,” said Nance as Ipswich Grammar coach.
    Bowen was the 1.75m marvel who played 270 games for the Cowboys but more significantly became a folk hero for the way he scored many of his 130 tries in the NRL.
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    North Queensland Cowboys star Matt Bowen in 2013. Photo: Sam Ruttyn
    Casey, 17, is part of the elite finishing school in the Broncos pathway with skills sessions at the club’s Red Hill base plus a “contract” that essentially means the club gets first crack if they spy a bigger future in his talent.
    The indigenous youngster from Mt Isa has been playing at IGS since Grade Eight and will play his final game of GPS rugby against improvers Brisbane State High in Saturday’s closing round.
    The Ipswich Grammar boys have just the one win for the season but no team has experienced the emotions they have when losing to sideline conversions on the bell against both Toowoomba Grammar’s Jake Sargood and Gregory Terrace’s Reilly See.
    The clear signs of Casey’s rugby league background are evident in the way he sniffs around his big ball-runners for little chances to turn into line breaks.
    It’s no surprise he is an Anthony Milford fan because halfback fits his make-up perfectly.
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    Anthony Milford of the Broncos. Photo: AAP
    Casey’s zeal for turning his GPS rugby experience into a full-time footy future is mirrored elsewhere because Brisbane Boys’ College flyhalf Carter Gordon (Reds) and The Southport School’s Campbell Parata (Crusaders) already have the next steps in their development worked out.
     
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  2. I just want to beat every other lunatic to the punch and say we need to move on Glenn, Kahu, Boyd and Bird so we can sign this kid up long term.
     
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  3. Accept

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    Do you know how many school boy stars over the years haven't panned out? I'll reserve my judgement on him until he actually plays this code against men of all ages. Nobody in their right mind would clean house just to accommodate an unproven kid.
     
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  4. McHunt

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    I wish we'd nabbed Ponga when he was an unproven kid.
     
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  5. Old Mate

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    I think he was taking the piss.
     
  6. PerthBrissy987

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    We did have him i think , before the cowboys stole him
     
  7. pagey

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    Correct , he wanted to move back to cairns from memory.
     
  8. I think you'd be right.
     
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  9. upthebroncs

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    Our experienced leaders this year were

    Thaiday, McCullough, Boyd and McGuire

    Doesn't look great when considering some of the other sides in the finals..

    Souths: Inglis, Burgess, Reynolds, Sutton
    Storm: Smith, Slater, Munster, Bromwich
    Roosters: Friend, Cronk, Tedesco, JWH
    Sharks: Gallen, Lewis, Fifita, Townsend
    Dragons: Widdop, Graham, Frizzell, De Belin

    We needed better leaders in my opinion.. the problem is that they are rarely off contract at a reasonable price.

    The signing of Benji last year was a good one.

    Is there anyone available to recruit that could lead our pack around the park?
    Considering Boyd may be in the centres and Thaiday will be gone.. Seems like we'll be in for a similar season next year..
     
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  10. 1910

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    Norths Ipswich Junior and played for Jets- same path as Alf.
     
  11. McHunt

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    Ipswich Grammar. Same as Kerrod, Kevin, and Steve Walters; Willy Carne, and more.
     
  12. Rhino1001

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    Bit late on this post but grew up playing against him in the younger grades. If you were looking for a similar player to compare him to it would be Ben Barba, used to be able to score from anywhere. Haven't seen him play in years but good to see he is going well. The only problems he ever had was an attitude problem. If he got over this he could be anything.
     
  13. peter09

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  14. peter09

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    Broncos have had this kid for ages
     
  15. peter09

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    He is named in the u18MM squad for the Blackhawks so I doubt he is with the Broncos anymore
     

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