Matt dreams of NRL career



LIKE most other Under-13 rugby league players, Matt Archer dreams about playing in the NRL.

But, unlike most other kids his age, Archer has already attracted attention from at least two NRL clubs.

Archer, a gifted five-eighth for Nambucca, enjoyed a sensational 2004 season, which was capped off when he received the Group 2 best and fairest trophy on grand final day.

Talent scouts are already taking notice of the youngster.

During the recent school holidays, Archer joined a select group of 13 and 14-year-olds at a training camp for the Brisbane Broncos.

"Most of the other players were from Queensland, but I knew most of them because I played against them last year (for NSW Primary Schools)," Archer said.

"At the start they weren't too friendly, probably because we beat them last year, but they were alright at the end and I have formed some good friendships with them."

The Broncos were very impressed by the young pivot.

"Ivan (Henjak, Broncos recruitment officer) said he would be in touch with me," Archer said.

"He said they will watch to see how I go."

Nambucca Under-18 coach Anthony Field was the one who put Archer's name in front of Henjak.

"Ivan was actually down looking at some Under-18s in the major preliminary final at Port," Field explained.

"We got to talking and he mentioned that Karmichael Hunt was signed to the Broncos when he has 14, so I suggested he look at Matt.

"Ivan didn't see Matt play, so he went up there on recommendations.

"But Matt was very impressive when he was up there."

Field says Archer displays all the attributes of a future star.

"He is a very talented athlete and a natural ball-runner the way he holds the ball in two hands," Field says.

"He has a lot of potential and has a first-class attitude towards training.

"Brisbane aren't the only club who are interested in him, Newcastle Knights has an affiliation with Nambucca JRL and they are also watching him."



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