ON THE RISE: Mitch Lollback has linked with Queensland Cup outfit Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.
ON THE RISE: Mitch Lollback has linked with Queensland Cup outfit Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.

Lollback takes his talents north of the border

GRAFTON product and former Ghosts attacking weapon Mitch Lollback has made the move north of the border to ply his trade with Broncos feeder club Wynnum-Manly in the Queensland Cup.

Lollback, who last year broke both the Group 2 and Ghosts' records for most tries scored in regular season, has long been a standout at the Ghosts, winning his first premiership in under-18s and named Rookie of the Year in 2011.

He was instrumental in the Ghosts' charge to the 2012 NRRRL grand final before he dislocated his shoulder late in the season. The injury put a halt to his meteoric rise through the ranks, with the surgery and subsequent recovery sidelining him for much of the 2013 season.

When he returned to the paddock last season the fullback scored a mountain of tries and was named joint winner of Ghost's Player of the Year.

His record-breaking season ensured he caught the attention of Wynnum-Manly officials who swooped to sign him at the end of the season.

"They signed me only a couple of weeks after the season finished," Lollback said. "I made the trip up to Brisbane a couple months before Christmas to join in on their pre-season training.

"Pre-season was tough, before Christmas it was really tough."

Lollback has trained in both first and reserve grade at the Seagulls with the fullback slotting into both sides in a recent trial match.

"We had a trial match a couple of weeks ago," he said. "I played most of the reserve-grade game at fullback then slotted into the wing for first grade for the last 20 minutes."

"I got lucky to score a try in both games. In first grade it was simply timing of the coach to chuck me on the wing when the ball was coming. All I had to do was put it down over the line. It was nothing.

"Whether you play or not is based on merit up here. If you play good enough you get in to the first-grade side. There are a few fellas in the Ghosts that could hold their own up here if they wanted."

Wynnum-Manly open the Queensland Cup season against the Ipswich Jets on Saturday.



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