Big greak could see kale's dream come true
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
GETTING an invitation to train with the Brisbane Broncos for a few days last week has meant that Nambucca Heads prop Kale Burton is another step closer to realising his boyhood dream of playing in the NRL. Strong performances in Group 2 this year by the 18-year-old grabbed the attention of the Broncos' major talent scouts initially and after a strong week on the track with the NRL powerhouse, Burton appears to be headed north. He's hoping that a contract offer from Brisbane is forthcoming and he can at least get a start with Broncos' feeder club' Redcliffe' in 2007. Burton admitted to suffering from more than just a touch of nerves when he started training with the team under the watchful eye of legendary coach Wayne Bennett but settled into the program fairly quickly. "It was a good experience, tough with the conditioning work but it was all good," the prop said of the time spent up north. "You notice those players are at the higher level but they're all nice fellas and they helped me out. Petero Civoniceva helped the most with the fitness work and he talked to me a lot." Being spotted by Broncos Development Officer, Paul Bunn and Redcliffe's A Grade coach Grant Cleal during a Roosters match this year paved the way for Burton. "If the offer comes from Brisbane, I'll sign up with Redcliffe and I'll definitely be doing the off-season with the Broncos next year and play with Redcliffe and be registered with the Broncos as well and if the chance comes maybe play with them," he said. "It just hasn't come up yet if they're actually going to pay me as a Bronco. Either way, it's going to happen and I'll be going to Redcliffe and I'll be under their watch anyway."