FORMER SIDE: Hervey Bay Seagulls hooker Damien Otto is not concerned about facing his former club in the preliminary final.
FORMER SIDE: Hervey Bay Seagulls hooker Damien Otto is not concerned about facing his former club in the preliminary final. Alistair Brightman

Otto unconcerned about facing junior team for a grand final spot

DAMIEN Otto and William Jung have followed different paths since their Bundaberg Rugby League premiership.

Both forwards played their junior footy for Wallaroos, but took advantage of an opportunity to play for Hervey Bay Seagulls in 2016.

They won a grand final, in which Otto scored a famous try, and lost only once in the dominant season.

While Jung returned to Wallaroos, Otto stayed with the red and green.

The pair will face off in tonight's preliminary final at Salter Oval, but Otto is not concerned about his history.

"I'm not really worried about that anymore," Otto said. "I've cut most of my ties with Roos. I still talk to a few of the boys."

That's predictably evolved into banter, as Otto and his former teammates play for a spot in the grand final.

"There's been a fair bit of banter and I'll expect a bit during the game, but I'll just get out there and do my job," the gutsy hooker said.

Otto said there was no comparison to last year's premiership squad. Where they had a healthy squad come grand final week, this campaign has been plagued by injury.

"There's a big difference to last year, I think we lost a lot of big-game knowledge," Otto said. "It's been tough.

"If you put those injured players into a team they'd go well. All the 18s, reserves and other guys stepping up has been fantastic.

"We've had to battle injuries since round one, but this will be a tough game. We don't want to lose, not after the disappointment of last week."

Otto said defence will decide the victor.

"The forwards generally win it, so ours will have to be on their game tomorrow. We have to stop Jungy and Jack Horder, and the backs have to stop Brandon Law, Shaun Collins and Joey Alberts."



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