Jung family to unite at Hervey Bay Seagulls in 2016
IF YOU have the hunger for what you see you'll get it eventually.
Guns N'Roses wrote that line in the lyrics to Welcome to the Jungle 28 years ago, but it is the same adage that will turn Hervey Bay's Stafford Park into the "jungle".
Brad, Will and Laikyn Jung will play together for the first time in 2016 after brothers Will and Laikyn joined Hervey Bay Seagulls.
An injury-interrupted season meant Brad missed most of the Seagulls' season, but the 35-year-old recovered in time to help deliver the club's first Bundaberg Rugby League minor premiership.
The injury and subsequent grand final loss were two main factors in his decision to play on, but the chance to play alongside his nephews was far too good to pass.
"It was supposed to be this year but the boys went back to Wallaroos," Brad said.
"It might've been a bit of pressure from their mates but they're all signed up now and they've promised me they'll play. We'll try to resurrect things next year and that feeds into the motivation. If the body's right I'll keep playing."
A knee injury ruled Brad out of the Bundaberg representative side, which would have been the first time he and Will played together.
That moment will be delayed until 2016, and 21-year-old Will is already itching to get on the field.
"I really don't want to let the chance go of playing with my uncle," Will said.
"He's near the back end of his career and thought I have a decent run with him and play a season.
"It's something every footballer dreams of: playing with your brothers. It's going to be great - the feet are itching to get back out there with the boys for sure."
Will had a breakout year with Wallaroos in 2015, and played so well for Bundaberg in their representative game he earned selection in the Central Crows squad for the first time.
It is something the front-rower wants to accomplish again next season, but has set his sights on taking it one step further.
"It was a really exciting year and was a highlight to play Central," he said. "I'll start training hard now so I can get to that next level (Queensland Rangers).
"I think the size isn't too bad but the fitness is an issue - keeping up with the boys in the middle of the field. Obviously they're fitness was peaking but I've got a bit of work to do."
Playing under Tye Ingebrigtsen, who Will said "commands a lot of respect", will hopefully help the prop achieve that dream.
Closely following in his footsteps is younger brother Laikyn, who is also counting on Tye's leadership and guidance to help him bounce back from two injury-plagued years.
"I was under aged so couldn't play with Will (at Wallaroos), but I popped my shoulder out five times and did my ACL last year," 18-year-old Laikyn said.
"It's all good now, but I just have to get fit and have a good year. If I go well in 18s I can get to the A-grade bench.
"This is one of the dreams come true. I learned a lot from (Brad and Will) and they're big idols for me.
"They push me to my hardest to make me a better player."