Tyson Woodman has made it as a part of the Seagulls
AWESTRUCK when he used to sit on the hill at Stafford Park and watch the Seagulls' seniors play, Tyson Woodman is feeling more a part of Hervey Bay's A-grade side these days.
The impact forward established himself as one of the most promising players in the Bundaberg Rugby League last year before a hip injury cut short his season three weeks before the finals.
Blooded in the backline, playing everywhere from fullback to halfback in his junior days, Woodman, 18, has now gravitated to the forwards where he is able to use his speed and agility to good advantage.
The Seagulls boast arguably the best forward pack in the competition with the return of prop Brendan Braam and hooker Tom Monley joining the likes of Darcy Horgan and Anthony Lindeberg.
And while he won't be Waves Tigers' main target when the teams meet in the opening round of the competition today at Salter Oval, Woodman still feels pressure todeliver.
"I'm trying to have a big year this year - make the run-on side and stand out," he said.
"I've just got to step up and show I deserve my spot in the team."
Born and bred in Seagulls territory and playing for Hervey Bay since he was in under-8s, Woodman said it was always his dream to play first grade for the Seagulls.
But the exciting young talent, who got his first crack of A-grade in 2012, now has one thing firmly in his sights - leading the Seagulls to their first A-grade premiership since 2001.
"Growing up training for the Seagulls and watching them play; to win a premiership with them would be the ultimate," he said.
"I just have to go hard at training and keep putting in the hard yards."
Although his development may have gone unnoticed by some in recent years, Woodman has always been on the radar at the Seagulls as a workhorse that chews up the metres.
Likened in size and style to Manly Sea Eagles enforcer Anthony Watmough, Woodman is primed for his best season yet, according to Seagulls coach Wayne Bellamy.
"He knows how to run good lines and defensive work rate is up there," Bellamy said.
"He is just a 100% footballer and his commitment every week is right up there."
While his height (183cm) and bulk (95kg) undeniably make him a mobile weapon in the middle of the ruck, Woodman's main objective this season is to focus his energy on ploughing forward into defensive lines.
"I just want to be a platform for the forwards and clean up the middle," he said.
Age: 27 Position(s): Back row / five-eighth
A good talker on the field, strong runner and a good organiser.
Age: 26 Position(s): Front row / back row
Has a good training ethic. A player you would like to have in your team.
Age: 22 Position: Back row
A good team player who gives his all every game.
Age: 21 Position(s): Halfback / centre
Exciting, fast and a proven tryscorer. He reads the game well and can create an opportunity from nothing.
Age: 29 Position(s): Centre / second row
A workhorse that's been at club for years. Wears his heart on his sleeve.
Age: 22 Position(s): Front row / back row
A leader on the field and a player everyone looks up to lead the team forward.
Age: 22 Position(s): Centre / five-eighth
A special talent who can break open defensive lines and hits like a sledgehammer.
Age: 21 Position(s): Back row / lock
A consistent player, great defender and a strong ball runner.
Age: 27 Position: Front row
A leader on the field, tireless worker and good communicator.
Age: 22 Position(s): Back row / lock
A consistent performer everyone wants to play with. Has a great work ethic.
MITCHELL YARROW (co-captain)
Age: 22 Position(s): Halfback / hooker
A natural leader, good organiser and directs the team around the field well.
CLINTON HORNE (co-captain)
Age: 28 Position: Fullback
Great reader of the game, great communicator and reads the game well.
Age: 21 Position(s): Utility
Fast on his feet, has good hands and is a solid defender.
Age: 28 Position(s): Front row / second row
A good communicator who will help lead the younger forwards around the park.
Age: 19 Position: Winger
New to the team and quiet off the field, but once on the field is a good communicator. Give him half a hole he will take advantage of the space.
Age: 19 Position: Hooker
Great around the ruck with good vision. Knows how to count numbers and a good organiser
Age: 21 Position: Hooker
Quick on his feet, catches defender napping and puts his body on the line every time.
Age: 18 Position(s): Front row/ back row
A exciting young talent, who has a great work ethic. Can get off the ground and play the ball quickly and hits hard in defence.
Age: 18 Position(s): Five-eighth / lock
A strong defender with good hands and will lead by example.
Age: 22 Position: Winger
Lightning quick, proven tryscorer and has added some size to his frame this year.
Age: 19 Position(s): Halfback / five-eighth
What he lacks in size he more than makes up with his heart and determination. A great runner of the ball.
Age: 19 Position(s): Utility
Excellent defender and great communicator, always looks in control with the ball in his hands and has quick feet.