Former Seagull Burns desires to fly for the Falcons
SAM Burns will return to the field for the team he won a premiership last year, but the former Hervey Bay Seagulls junior is desperate for another chance at the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
The Falcons kick off their season against Burleigh Bears tomorrow, but Burns will run out for Noosa Pirates against Nambour Crushers in the Rugby League Sunshine Coast A-grade competition.
The Pirates qualified fourth for the finals, but produced three weeks of top-quality footy to win the premiership. Burns was named man of the match as Noosa beat Maroochydore 24-6 in the decider.
For Burns, who is on a one-year deal at the Falcons, Sunday's game is the first step in what he hopes is a journey to the club's Intrust Super Cup team.
"I want to get close to 10 ISC games,” he said.
"It is hard because we're not always sure who we will get back from Melbourne so it depends on that, but I need to be training hard and playing good footy.”
His goals are not restricted to the Falcons.
Burns, who spent his entire junior career at the Seagulls, played at hooker for Queensland Rangers last year, and it is a position he wants to regain in 2018.
"I want to make the Sunshine Coast rep team for the 47th Battalion Carnival, and get to the Rangers again,” Burns said.
Generally a hooker, Burns said Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen has trained the play-maker at lock to increase his utility value.
It could give the young forward another way in to the Falcons' line-up as the season progresses.