Kane harvests new deal with Tahs
HE IS still putting the cap back on his pen fresh from signing a new Waratahs deal but Kane Douglas refuses to budge from his pre-season prediction.
A breakthrough year into NSW’s Super 14 ranks was rewarded yesterday with a deal that will keep the Yamba youngster in a sky blue jersey until 2012.
Starting the season expecting to cut oranges, the 20-year-old was given his Super 14 debut off the bench in round 1 against traditional rivals Queensland.
Since then he has gone on to establish himself in the side’s starting pack.
But despite the nation’s forward cupboard stocks being alarmingly low, Douglas is not yet letting himself dream of any potential Wallabies callup in the longer term.
“I said at the start of the season that I’d be stoked if I could play five Super 14 matches this year and I’ve already done that,” he said.
“I think now it’s about trying to maintain my place in the squad week in, week out and make a solid contribution to the team.
“There’s a lot more depth in the second-row position than there has been here in the past, so I know if I’m off the pace I’ll find myself out of the team. That’s good motivation.”
Douglas has progressed through the Waratahs ranks since being introduced to the academy program in 2008.
And the framework which has developed his game was the motivation behind staying in the NSW camp.
“I’ve got a lot to thank the Waratahs for and hopefully I can pay them back not only this year but over the next couple of seasons as well,” he said.
“I still think I’ve got a lot of improving to do, I know I can still improve a lot further and I know I’ll be able to do that if I stay here.”
It promises to be a big week for the Douglas family with brother Luke set to play his 100th consecutive match for the Sharks in the NRL this weekend. NSW play the Western Force fresh from their 73-12 triumph against the Lions in Sydney.
- Position: lock
- Height: 201cm
- Weight: 116kg
- State caps: 5
- State debut: v Queensland Reds (2010)
- Representative honours: NSW under-17s, Australia under-20s