HOOKER Hugh Pratt has come a long way after playing only three seasons of rugby league for Lismore club Marist Brothers.
Pratt, 17, is about to head to Manly to play for the Sea Eagles National Youth Competition side.
He was scouted by a Manly development officer based at Grafton and jumped at the chance to further his career in the sport.
"Ever since I started playing I've been aiming high," Pratt said.
"I'd been playing soccer and I came over to rugby league because that's what my mates were playing."
It paid dividends with Pratt winning a premiership with Brothers' Under-18s this year and named the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Under-18 player of the year.
He has just finished Year 12 and his HSC at St John's College Woodlawn and played for Northern Country Schoolboys this year.
Pratt was also part ofa 25-man NSW Country Under-18 squad.
"I've been lucky to have some good coaches at club and rep level," Pratt said.
"The school teachers at Woodlawn were also a big help with everything.
"This is a massive opportunity and I'm really going to work hard in the off-season to see how far I can go."
Woodlawn will have three of its students playing NYC next year with Anthony Colman (Gold Coast Titans) and Jacob Follent (Wests Tigers) making the move.
Ballina winger Brian Kelly has also been signed by the Titans.
"All the boys work really hard and we'll look forward to coming up against each other on the field," Pratt said.
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