RISING rugby league star Jeriah Goodrich has the rare opportunity to take his game to the next level in the place where it all began.
The former Clydesdales junior and Toowoomba Grammar School rugby union talent will make his Brisbane Broncos' debut in front of family and friends at Clive Berghofer Stadium tomorrow night.
Goodrich will play on the wing when the Broncos under-20s squad faces Queensland Cup side Norths Devils in a pre-season trial.
The 18-year-old said he was itching to get on the field.
"It's a dream come true to finally get the chance to pull on that maroon and yellow jersey," Goodrich said.
"I've always liked the Broncos since I was a young fella.
"I've got a fair few family and friends coming to watch.
"I'm a bit nervous but that's probably a good thing."
Goodrich comes into the squad with an exceptional resume, having been named Clydesdales' under-18 player of the year in 2011.
But the Wallumbilla product was not content to rest on his previous reputation and has been working tirelessly to ensure he is ready for his first match in Brisbane colours.
"I've been working pretty hard for a while now," Goodrich said.
"I'm hitting all my targets. I'm right up with my fitness and I've put on a little bit of muscle.
"This trial game is a chance for me to see what I've got."
Broncos under-20s coach Kurt Richards said Goodrich has been training the house down and he was eager to see what the talented young back has to offer under match conditions.
"Jeriah is a very skilful, speedy young player," he said.
"He's got a great attitude at training. What he doesn't have in size, he makes up for in speed.
"He's ticking all the boxes at the moment."
The under-20 side has been a launching pad for a number of the Broncos' current stars, including former Dalby player Andrew McCullough and Origin star Jharal Yow Yeh.
With the Toyota Cup opener just five weeks away, Richards said the match against Norths was the perfect chance for players like Goodrich to stake their claim.
"I haven't seen enough of Jeriah yet but he'll get his shot this weekend," he said.
"We've got about 25 boys coming out and a few of them I haven't seen before.
"It's their first real opportunity to put their hand up and say they want to be part of the round one side."
Goodrich said he was focused on becoming a fixture in the Broncos under-20 side.
"It's early days yet but I'll just go out all guns blazing and see what happens," he said.
"I won't stop until I get there."
1. Nathaniel Barnes
2. Jarrod Watson
3. Paul Ivan
4. Rhett Webster
5. Jeriah Goodrich
6. Jordan Kahu
7. Kodi Nikorima
8. Jarrod Wallace
9. Billy Brittain
10. Mat Smith
11. Ajuma Adams
12. Josh Jaggle
13. Dan Wallace
14. Che Fa'alafi
15. Josh Seage
16. Caleb Timu
17. Tom Geraghty
18. Brandon Lee
19. Aaron Rockley
20. Levi Aumua
21. Tristan Lumley
22. Jayden Sheck
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