MARYBOROUGH Wallaroo Shaun Collins (tackling) has been given the chance to play for Brisbane North.
MARYBOROUGH Wallaroo Shaun Collins (tackling) has been given the chance to play for Brisbane North. Valerie Horton

Qld Cup beckons for Collins

MARYBOROUGH Wallaroo Shaun Collins has been offered the chance of a lifetime - and his coach, Colin Scott, isn't surprised at all.

Collins, 23, will have a chance to compete in the Queensland Cup next year with North Brisbane and Scott says, after Collins' blistering performances in the Bundaberg Rugby League this year, it's no wonder the team is interested.

“No, I'm definitely not surprised,” Scott said.

“He has been great for us this year.”

The Wallaroos won the BRL premiership this year, defeating Bundaberg Brothers 40-38 and Scott said it was the perfect way for Collins to see out his time at the club.

“It was nice to send him off with a premiership,” Scott said, adding that he hopes Collins goes on to bigger and better things.

“He can back up his talent.

“He is naturally gifted.

“I'm sure if Shaun dedicates himself he can be as good as he wants to be.”

One of Collins' major attributes is his versatility, often shifting from five-eighth to centre and back again, and he says he doesn't really mind where he plays.

“I'm happy to play anywhere,” Collins said.

Scott agreed, saying that Collins “could play anywhere in the back line”.

Collins was the Bundaberg Rugby League player of the year this season and also picked up back of the year and player of the year for the Wallaroos at their recent presentation night.

Scott said that, as talented as Collins is now, he would only get better training and playing with Brisbane North, adding that he wouldn't be surprised to see him play in the National Rugby League one day.

“For sure, I've got no doubts he can make it in the Queensland Cup.

“He has got all the natural ability he needs to make it.”

Collins took a break from league last year, deciding he'd had enough of playing, but returned to the game with a renewed passion this year.

He was a part of several representative sides this year, including the historic Maryborough side that last month replayed the first match Maryborough played against Brisbane 100 years ago.

Collins doesn't have a favourite NRL team or a favourite player but reckons that playing in the NRL would be a dream come true if the opportunity ever arose.



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