Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs halfback Matt Frawley was a late inclusion into the Country origin squad for the rep round, but ensured to make the most of the opportunity he was given.
The 22-year old received the news on Thursday night and made his way to Mudgee on Friday morning to join Bulldogs teammate Adam Elliott and the Country side.
Working alongside rugby league royalty over the weekend such as Craig Fitzgibbon, Andrew Ryan, Shaun Timmins and Steve Roach, Frawley was very appreciative of the opportunity he was given to be included in the rep weekend.
“I took a lot out of it [the experience]. I was only there for a couple of days, but I certainly learnt a lot from being amongst a group of players and really good coaches in Fitzy [Craig Fitzgibbon], Bobcat [Andrew Ryan], Timmo [Shaun Timmins] and Blocker [Steve Roach]. It was really good to just learn off them and also the other players that have played rep footy. To get a little bit of a different experience was really good,” said Frawley.
Frawley will start in the halves for the Bulldogs against the Cowboys on Thursday after teammate Josh Reynolds was ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury and he expressed how he wishes to make the most of his first-grade opportunities in the number seven jersey.
"It's disappointing about Josh and we'll miss him but coming on as a half sitting on the bench is something I've had to get used to, so I'll be more comfortable starting. I've just got to keep taking my opportunity. it's the biggest thing for me. I still don't see myself as a cemented first grader yet and want to prove myself each week by playing as if it's my last," Frawley said.