The Dolphins’ recruitment team is laying the groundwork for a strong future with some amazing junior player acquisitions.
As the club gears up for its elevation the NRL next year, it is evident it is not only season 2023 that is on the radar.
The Australian Schoolboys side was selected from the recent national championships that were held at Redcliffe.
Despite their first pre-season still being three months way from starting, the Dolphins had two of their contracted players named in the Australian Schoolboys team.
Isaiya Katoa will be the Australian Schoolboys’ halfback and was recently judged the top under-18 player in Australia.
The Dolphins signed him from the victorious Penrith SG Ball under-19s team this year, and at just 18 he was named in the Tonga senior Test squad back in June.
Centre or five-eighth Michael Roberts has also been named in the national schoolboys’ side after playing for Queensland at the championships.
The Dolphins signed the younger brother of NRL flyer James Roberts after watching him spearhead Gold Coast school Palm Beach-Currumbin High to victory in last year’s Queensland state final.
The Dolphins have also worked hard on identifying some of the best under-15 talent in Queensland.
This group was invited to the Dolphins’s first ever Academy camp back in January at Nudgee College.
In a major boost for that program, eight of those young Dolphins’ players performed well enough this season to represent Queensland at the under-15s national championships.
These are the names to remember for Dolphins fans: Carter Welfare, Mereki Warradoo, Nixon Pasese, Jairus Halahala, Brian Pouniu, Nate Berrigan, Charlie Dickson and Benson Tau.
All eight of them will continue to work on their strength and skills over the next few years as they set their sights on one day being part of the Dolphins’ senior NRL squad.