Former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative Nick Emmett
Former Hervey Bay Seagulls representative Nick Emmett

Emmett meets local stars

DAMIEN Lindeberg first met Nick Emmett when he was a 17-year-old playing rugby league for the Hervey Bay Seagulls.

Eleven years later, Lindeberg says things haven’t changed.

Sure Emmett now plays for the National Rugby League premiers, the St George Illawarra Dragons, but he hasn’t let that go to his head.

He’s still the same Nick Emmett, Lindeberg, a former Queensland Rugby League development officer for the region, took under his wing all those years ago.

He’s still the real good bloke that lived with him in Brisbane while he played for Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup.

Lindeberg knows that Emmett, who scored one try in 19 games for the premiers last season, will never change.

Young players from throughout the Coast got a chance to find out just how nice Emmett is for themselves after he tackled meeting a group of them during a flying visit back to the Whale City.

Lindeberg has set up a pilot rugby league coaching program and Emmett, who has signed a new one-year deal with the premiers, was more than happy to go along and tell the youngsters what playing in the NRL is like and he handled it well.

He was hit with questions varying from what he eats, to how young he was when he started doing weights, and who is the strongest at the Dragons.

Emmett was quick off the mark answering the strongest question – it seems he is, well, he can bench press the most. Lindeberg said the young players were thrilled at the chance to meet Emmett.

“Nick’s such a down-to-earth guy and the boys just loved having him here,” Lindeberg said.

“He gave them a real insight into what life at the top is like and they enjoyed hearing it – it’s not often you get a chance to talk to an NRL player one-on-one (all the group had to stand up, introduce themselves and ask a question).”

As for Emmett, Lindeberg said it had been great to see him again.

“Nothing has changed at all – Nick’s always been Nick and always will be,” he said. “There’s no turning it on when you meet him. “What you see is what you get – a really good bloke.”

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