Winning double

FORMER Bellingen and Sawtell junior Ryan Usher has pulled off a big double since moving to Brisbane.

Ryan has scored a job as a trainee development officer with the Queensland Australian Football League and an Under 18 premiership with Western Magpies.

"It all started when I travelled up as part of an elite rep squad," Ryan said.

"I saw the job advertised, sent my application and was lucky enough to be successful.

"Part of the deal was a position with a club and I couldn't believe my luck when it was the Magpies.

"We played Southport Sharks in the centenary QAFL grand final and won 121 to 65."

Ryan began his playing career with Bellingen Bulldogs before switching closer to home, joining Sawtell Saints.

"As you'd imagine, it's a big step up from football at home to playing in a metropolitan comp," he said.

Ryan's work routine takes him around Brisbane west, visiting schools and organising training camps.

"While the community identifies strongly with the Broncos, there's a huge following for the Lions and AFL football.

"Outside Melbourne, the domestic competition is possible the strongest in the country and has been for decades."

Unfortunately, the Lions are still to come knocking on Ryan's door.

"You have to be pretty good to get signed up," he said.

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