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Local junior Marcelo Montoya has impressed many people over the summer with his work ethic and dedication.

The talented outside back has worked extremely hard and was this week rewarded with a spot in the club’s Auckland Nines squad.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I have been given and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I think it’s going to be a good experience for myself and it’s something I can take a lot away from,” said Montoya.

Marcelo's 2016 Highlights

The 20 year-old took his game to a new level on the wing last season, scoring 19 tries in 18 games for the Bulldogs NYC side, in addition to notching a try in Fiji's 20-18 win at Apia Park, in the first ever official Test match in Samoa. He will now get a chance to line up for the Bulldogs in the two day festival at Eden Park.

“It’s been a big twelve months for myself and I have had a good off season. I think this opportunity to play in the Nines is a good reward and I can’t wait to get there.”

Joining the speedster will be fellow 2016 NYC graduates, Lachlan Lewis and D’Rhys Miller.

Bulldogs Squad:

Josh Reynolds (c), Brad Abbey, Tom Carr, Matt Frawley, Danny Fualalo, Craig Garvey, Kerrod Holland, Sam Kasiano, David Klemmer, Lachlan Lewis, Michael Lichaa, Rhyse Martin, D'Rhys Miller, Marcelo Montoya, Tyrone Phillips, Reimis Smith, Renouf To'omaga, Francis Tualau.

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