Jayden making his mark with the Roosters
By MAX GODBEE
SOUTH Grafton and Group One representative Jayden Webb, 15, has been selected to play the 2006 season with the Sydney Roosters Under-16 rugby league squad in the NRL Harold Matthews competition.
Jayden is the son of Brad and Angela Webb, who have relocated to Sydney to ensure the youngster has every advantage in his new environment and in his bid to make the big time in football.
Clarence born and bred, Jayden had his early schooling at South Grafton Public and later South Grafton High School, figuring highly in sport and academic studies.
He was a member of the Rebels' 2005 Under-15 side which, coached by his father Brad, took out last season's Group One premiership in this age group.
Brad Webb played first grade for all three Clarence-based senior clubs, starting and finishing with South Grafton and with seasons in between with Lower Clarence and Grafton Ghosts.
Jayden, through his inspiring play and versatility, represented Group One Under-15s and was offered a Sydney trial by South Sydney.
However, it was Rooster talent scouts who also saw Jayden's potential and after a trial with that club in November, signed him to play and enrolled him at Matraville Sports High, his preferred choice, with that school aligned with the Roosters.
As well as his Year 10 school studies, Jayden trains four nights a week with the Roosters squad and two days per week with Matraville School's rugby league team, which plays in the Arrive Alive Cup school competition.
He was thrilled when invited on occasions to train with the Roosters' first grade squad under the coaching of former dual international and one of his heroes, Ricky Stuart.
Also with the Roosters, but playing with the Under-18 SG Ball squad, is another of last season's Rebels, Daniel Randall, who played many games in first grade as well as in the Under-18s with South Grafton.
Both have made many friends, received encouragement from older players and are settling in well.
Jayden and his sister Keisha, who is enrolled at Camdenville Public School, are living in the suburb of Newtown.