Grafton Ghosts player, Danny Wicks.
Grafton Ghosts player, Danny Wicks.

Ain't it grand

By TIM HOWARD sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

FORMER Grafton Ghosts second rower Danny Wicks will play in the grand final most league experts predicted ? St George and Parramatta ? tomorrow. In his first season in Sydney the 19-year-old second rower will turn out for St George in the Jersey Flegg decider against the Eels. Wicks said the St George team is the raging favourite for the title after it finished the season 12 points ahead of its nearest rival. And the Saints have enjoyed dominance over tomorrow's opponent, the Eels. "We beat them by two points in an early round and later we beat them 64-nil. But I think they had a few out that game," he said. "But we're not over confident. We've seen what's happened to a few favourites so far this year. The Jersey Flegg grand final will also be Wicks's first televised game, which has led to some heightened pre-game nerves. "I think Reg Reagan is going to commentate the game. I think I might have to put some make-up on," Danny said. Wicks' father Gary, mum Sandra and brother Brett will be at the game cheering him on. Gary is delighted with the Danny's performance since leaving Grafton late last year. "From the time when (former international forward) Craig Young came to Grafton to sign him up it's all gone really well," he said. "He's been down in Wollongong ever since. He's played a couple of games of premier league and he loves being down there." Danny has forged a strong relationship with St George legend Craig Young. "He's been a mentor for me and I work for him in his pub," he said. Young has taken over the mentoring role with Danny from former Ghosts captain coach Dean Callaway. "Dean gave me my to play first grade with the Ghosts in 2004," Danny said. "He used to play for the Steelers (St George's merger partner). It's one of the reasons I came here." Danny has impressed the St George Illawarra club, which has just signed him for another two seasons.



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