RUGBY LEAGUE: Lachlan Timm's pre-season form has pitched him into contention for a state league jersey. If the youngster gets it, don't expect him to let go of it.
The Mudjimba 20-year-old has been perhaps the biggest surprise during the Sunshine Coast Falcons trials, starting at lock and impressing against last year's Intrust Super Cup grand finalists Redcliffe and Burleigh.
His outings may have even secured him a spot for the season opener against Easts at Bokarina on March 4.
"I tried my hardest throughout the trials so I'll wait and see what happens for round 1, and if I'm in the team that's a great opportunity and... I'll work really hard to try and stay in the team,” he said.
Timm played his junior footy at Maroochydore, Nambour and was with the Falcons youth sides before linking with Melbourne Storm's under-20s team.
Now, he's relishing matches in open-age company.
"It's good to finally step up with the big boys,” he said. "At the start of the year (coach) Craig (Ingebrigtsen) said it's a lot more physical... you've got to get your body and head ready to play week-in week-out against some NRL-contracted players at that Q Cup level.”
Timm's learning from the likes of prop Tui Kamikamica, who is on Melbourne Storm's main roster.
"That (the NRL) is my main goal but it's something I've got to work really hard for,” Timm said.
"A couple of (Falcons) boys signed with the Storm after last year, so if you play well and are consistent there's an opportunity there.”
Timm is also in the midst of tertiary studies (secondary school health and physical education) and works casually at an after-school care venue.
The Falcons beat the Bears 24-4 at Bokarina, despite missing key players through niggling injuries: Dane Hogan, Alex Bishop and Scott Anderson.
Ball-player Guy Hamilton was particularly impressive while Timm, Kevin Locke, Sean Yorston, Harrison Muller, Kamikamica and fellow-Storm player Justin Olam produced strong performances.
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