Pure Jyde and joy for aspiring Capra
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone product Jyde Dwyer wants to get as much out of himself as possible.
And what better way to cement a spot in the CQ Capras' team with a strong effort against Brisbane Broncos in Theodore tomorrow night at 7pm.
Dwyer moved to Rockhampton late last year after he spent a stint in 2017 with Norths Devils in the Q-Cup.
"He gave me an opportunity and I want to grab it with both hands," Dwyer said of Capras coach Kim Williams' desire to give new players chances.
One of those is gun recruit Dave Taylor, although he will not play tomorrow night, but is in competition with Dwyer to cement a second row spot.
"I don't see it as a threat," Dwyer said of ex-multiple NRL club star Taylor.
"And to be learning off him has been great and just the little things like running lines when we train.
"I have just been watching him and he's just real knowledgeable."
Dwyer said Williams has put his players through a rigorous pre-season which included a trip to Yeppoon.
"He took us out to Yeppoon where where we carried 10kg of weights and ran from St Brendan's school to the beach," he said.
"Kim just wanted to see where we were at and where we needed to be at."
While Dwyer is not a Broncos supporter, he said to be pitted against some of the best players in Australia would be a great learning experience.
Broncos will have teenage sensation Payne Haas as one of its headline acts.
"I watched a lot of the Broncos' boys growing up and it will be great learning from them as well," Dwyer said.
Star-struck he won't be and he believes the club is now in a healthy position to be the big movers this season.
"There's more depth than in the other seasons and the players will have to prove themselves wher-as other times they didn't have to fight for their positions," he said.
Dwyer is not the only one from Gladstone to feature.
Tyson White is also named in the team while ex- Tannum Sands junior Ryan Flintham will play for the Capras' under-20 side in the curtain-raiser from 3.30pm against Central Highlands.