Braden Whittaker as a Seagull.
Braden Whittaker as a Seagull. Valerie Horton

Former Fraser Coast players ready to play

FORMER Fraser Coast footballers will hit fields across New South Wales and Queensland for their first competition game of the season - and the next step in a pursuit of the NRL dream.

Hervey Bay Seagulls junior Braden Whittaker was named at fullback for Wynnum-Manly's Mal Meninga Cup team.

Former Hervey Bay Seagulls trio Dylan Quinn, Tuia Eliu and Hedi Kafoa have all been named for Western Mustangs' first-round game in the Hastings Deering Colts.

Joey Alberts will be forced to watch the action this weekend. He missed selection in CQ Capras' teams, and is dual-registered with Wallaroos - who don't start their season for another two weeks.

J'maine Hopgood continues his rise at Penrith Panthers, as the former Hervey Bay junior is named to start for the side's Jersey Flegg team.

Sam Burns won a premiership with Noosa Pirates last year, but the former Hervey Bay Seagulls junior wants another opportunity to play for Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Intrust Super Cup. 

Nick Brown hopes a NRL contract will be just reward if he can lead Mackay Cutters to the Intrust Super Cup finals. The former Maryborough Brothers junior left for Townsville at the end of 2013.

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