Move north a titanic one for budding league star
A PHONE call received from an unexpected source is the cherry on top of a great year of rugby league for Damian McTighe.
The 18 year-old was a part of the Sawtell under-18 team that went through the season undefeated on the way to the premiership and the second-rower's efforts didn't go unnoticed.
He received a phone call from the Gold Coast asking him to move to the Gold Coast to play with the Burleigh Bears and have the opportunity to earn a promotion into the Titans' Holden Cup team.
"They (the Titans) got in touch with me not long ago but apparently they've been watching me for a couple of years but I didn't know about it,” Damian said.
Young Sawtell players making their way to the Gold Coast to try their luck in the elite under-20s competition is becoming a regular occurence with Kevin Gordon and Jarrod Wallace following the same path.
After representing Group 2 this year, a strong performance playing in the Panthers front row in the grand final against Nambucca Heads was enough for the Titans' talent scouts to finally give the panther the nod.
A move that means the next month for Damian is going to be a bit of whirlwind.
Before moving north early next month, the Woolgoolga High student first has to concentrate on his HSC exams if he's to follow his goal of one day becoming an accountant.
Once that's done though it will be time to move north so he can attend the first night of training on November 8.
Damian admits leaving home is a daunting thought but the strong tackler said he has a bit of an advantage.
"I've got an aunty that lives up there so I'm not worried about accommodation and I work at Woolworths in Woolgoolga so I'll be able to get a transfer,” he said.
Once with the Bears Damian said he's looking forward to "the experience”.
"Moving to a whole new town, meeting new football players,” he said.
"I can imagine how big they're going to be but I'm used to tackling.”