Josh Curran is on the fast track to his NRL dream.
At just 17, he already has eight Holden Cup games under his belt and has been a regular starter in the Sydney Roosters under-20s side.
Josh said it was a good challenge playing at the higher level.
“I’m loving it over there,” he said. “You get a challenge every week and you want to beat it.
“Holden Cup is heaps different to SG Ball, it’s more physical, faster and you just get tired more easily but it’s good for the boys to be able to step up. It definitely builds your confidence.”
After growing up in the Parramatta Eels system from the Hills Bulls, Josh made the move east earlier this year.
He said he had a good vibe when meeting with the Roosters the first time.
“We had a meeting over there and once dad and I stepped into the headquarters, it felt like we were part of the team already,” he said.
“Everyone treats you like family there.”
Josh has had a busy year so far as he finishes year 12 at Patrician Brothers, Blacktown and is a second-year apprentice plumber.
The young forward has already had schoolboy success after being selected in the Australian Schoolboys rugby league team as a year 11 student last year.
The school has also had great success in recent seasons of the GIO Schoolboys Cup competition.
Patrician Brothers, Blacktown has made four of the past five national finals with its first and only national win so far in 2012.
It’s the success Josh wants the school to return to after being defeated by a last-minute try and sideline conversion to Hills Sports High in last season’s semi-finals.
“Hopefully we can take it game by game and win the national finals,” he said.
“That’s what we’re planning to do but it would be good to play Hills Sports again and try to beat them.”
The rising second-rower has also been named in the preliminary squad for the NSW under-18s Origin team, which will be announced on June 10.
“It’s always good playing Queensland - they’re our enemies I guess,” he said.
“We’ve got two training camps and then the team gets announced on my birthday.”