Kerrod Holland had a NRL debut that many players dream of. In round two, after scores were locked up, Kerrod kicked the winning conversion after the full-time siren.
The thrilling moment was followed by a memorable post-match interview, which saw Kerrod show a tremendous amount of confidence for a debutant, “it was always going over,” he told Channel Nine.
Following his debut, Kerrod was dropped back to NSW Cup after Chase Stanley reclaimed his first grade spot when he returned from injury.
Returning to NSW Cup wasn’t ideal but Kerrod took it on the chin and carried on.
“It’s difficult to take, difficult to swallow going from such a high. The debut I had was good but you just got to get on with the job.”
On Monday Kerrod will travel down to Melbourne to replace Chase Stanley again and play his second NRL game, an opportunity he is extremely thankful for.
After his stellar performance against the Panthers he has been hungry for another opportunity.
With Chase set to be sidelined for a number of weeks, Kerrod has a huge opportunity to prove himself as a player worthy of a permanent first grade spot.
“It’s another opportunity that I have and hopefully I can take it with both hands, it’s there for me now so while it’s not the best thing for Chase to be sitting out, it’s another opportunity for me.
“While it was a memorable debut and I’ll have confidence with that, Melbourne is a totally different opposition so I’ve got to prepare for that.”
Since Kerrod has proved his kicking ability, he is happy to step into the kicking role again on Monday night.
“I’ll kick for the team but it’s up to Des and it’s his decision.”
He may be aiming for a permanent first grade position, however Kerrod knows it won’t happen overnight.
“It will take a bit of time, I’m only a young player getting to know the game at that first grade level.”