Each year, a number of young rugby league talent look to make the step up from the U/20’s to full-time training and extended NRL squads over the summer in the hope of becoming a first grade player.
In 2017, nine players from the Bulldogs 2016 NYC side will look to take that step.
After finishing the 2016 season with the NYC side team, young half Will Kerr will train with NRL squad over the summer ahead of the 2017 season.
Kerr began the 2016 season with the Bulldogs SG Ball side that finished in seventh position at the end of the regular season, before losing in the first week of the finals by the Cronulla Sharks.
Playing in the number nine position, Kerr was named the SG Ball ‘Player of the Year” following his outstanding season with Coach Shane Sultana praising his efforts throughout the year.
“He may not be the biggest player, he might actually be the smallest in the competition but his efforts both in attack and defence week in, week out were special,” Sultana added.
The 18 year old was than elevated to the Bulldogs NYC side where he played the final six games of the season in the halves and scored four tries.
The talented Kerr has represented the club in both the Harold Matthews and SG Ball competitions, as well as being a graduate of the club’s high performance youth program.
The opportunity to work alongside the likes of Josh Reynolds and Moses Mbye over the summer, but also learn under Coach Des Hasler and the rest of the coaching staff will help his development moving forward.
Away from the field, Kerr is studying a Diploma of Sports Development at Sydney TAFE and is working part-time.