Train and trialist Brad Deitz arrived at Belmore working as a teacher over the summer, before taking a break from his education duties to train with the club on a full-time basis.
The 26-year old’s decision to focus on his footy paid off when he was handed a NRL debut against the Newcastle Knights in round one.
Since his debut, the hooker has played in a further two matches for the club.
“It’s been an enjoyable and interesting ride so far. The biggest thing for me is trying to improve on my game every week and the more experience I can get, the better I am going to become. There is still some areas I need to work on, but I do think looking back at my first game and at the past two matches I have definitely taken a few steps forward, but there is still plenty of things to work on,” Deitz said.
From his first game to his third, the Cabramatta junior says the biggest learning he has taken away since his debut, is the hard work and effort that’s required week to week.
“Experiencing our first win over the Cronulla Sharks was really something to take away and realising how much hard work goes into just one NRL win. It makes you realise the effort on effort plays you need to make to get away with the two points,” added Deitz.
He has started from the bench in all three games averaging 35 minutes per game as well as 16 tackles and 33 running metres.
The interchange play an important role in the team and the one message that’s been consistent from coach Trent Barrett to Deitz is, bring energy and make an impact.
“Trent has delivered the same message to all the players on the interchange bench that when we step onto the field we need to bring some energy and try and make an impact to influence the game for the better. We need to inspire the players around us when we do step onto the field,” said Deitz.
Deitz has been named in the Bulldogs side for their round nine clash against the Dragons at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium this Sunday (4:00PM AEST).
Match: Dragons v Bulldogs
Round 9 -
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney