LASTING MEMORY: South Grafton Rebels team mates congratulate Austin Cooper after his first of three tries in the historic 2014 Group 2 Rugby League Under-18 grand final this year.
LASTING MEMORY: South Grafton Rebels team mates congratulate Austin Cooper after his first of three tries in the historic 2014 Group 2 Rugby League Under-18 grand final this year.

Rebels duo to forge league careers in QLD

AUSTIN Cooper and Luke Roberts will trade their Rebels jerseys for green and red as they join Wynnum-Manly in the FOGS Colts Queensland Rugby League competition.

Roberts, a former Lower Clarence Magpie who switched to play for South Grafton halfway through this year, said he was stoked to be given the opportunity to play in the QRL.

"It's my dream to play footy and make something of myself, so I am pretty happy," Roberts said.

"I'm excited and a bit scared, but definitely ready to do it."

With pre-season to kick off in about a week, Roberts and Cooper will head up to Brisbane today to settle in before they hit the field.

Cooper said he was eager to take the next step in his football career after playing with the Rebels and the Grafton Ghosts since under-10s.

"I've always played footy and my dad was given an opportunity like this and got injured, so now it's my turn to take the opportunity," Cooper said.

While he, too, has had his fair share of injuries in the past couple of years, the forward said he was feeling fit and ready to prove himself in the big league.

Both players were apart of history this year, winning a premiership for South Grafton under-18s - the club's first in that age group and its first premiership in any senior grade since 1975.

With history carved into the Valley, the boys are off to make more waves with their sights set on playing in the NRL; this being another step forward in their footy careers.

Cooper will start as a forward with Wynnum-Manly and Roberts will start on the bench as a utility.



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