Bankstown Bulls junior Marcelo Montoya chats with bulldogs.com.au about the pre-season, what his focus is over the summer, his goals and representing his country.

Following a 2016 season that saw the outside back finish the year with 19 tries in 18 games for the Bulldogs NYC side and representing his country, the 20-year old is excited to be a part of the NRL squad over the summer.

“The pre-season has been demanding, but it’s been good to work with the older players,” Montoya said.

“I’m really looking forward to starting 2017 well and finishing off the pre-season in good condition.

“To come through the junior system and train with some of the game’s elite players, is a dream come true and one step closer to the ultimate goal.”

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Following the departures of Sam Perrett and Curtis Rona, the competition for a permanent wing spot opens up the door for the likes of Montoya, Tyrone Phillips, Chase Stanley and Brenko Lee.

“Eyeing of a wing spot is a goal of mine, but at the same time I still have a lot to work on.

“It’s my first pre-season with the NRL side and at the moment I’m just looking to train hard and getting all the little things right, before I think about a wing spot at the moment,” Montoya added.

A confident and mature young player who scored a try in Fiji’s 20-18 win at Apia Park in the first ever official Test match in Samoa will look to gain as much experience over the summer as he works alongside the likes of Josh Morris, his twin brother Brett and Will Hopoate.