TOUCH AND GO: Adam Geiger finds himself in open paddock for Gardner's Gnomes. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times
TOUCH AND GO: Adam Geiger finds himself in open paddock for Gardner's Gnomes. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times Brandon Livesay

Young Adam follows league heart to the Sunshine Coast

KINGAROY athlete Adam Geiger has loved to play football for as long as he can remember, and now, the 17-year-old has become one of 27 league hopefuls selected for the Falcons Fraser Coast Development Squad.

"As a little kid, I didn't really think of (a future career), I thought, yeah, I enjoy football, and just really wanted to play football the whole time," Adam said.

"I got a phone call out of nowhere to go down and I didn't really expect it to be honest - it's pretty special."

The Intrust Super Cup club has established the development squad, set for 2016, which could lead promising young players to a direct pathway to the NRL.

The development squad was open to Fraser Coast and South Burnett-based players aged 16 to 18-years-old and each was selected in line with strict criteria that covered not only their skill and natural talent, but attitude and dedication.

The pre-season camp will be held at the Sunshine Coast Stadium for just under a week and players will have a formal introduction to the squad.

Geiger said the camp included a lot of pre-season and fitness testing and he looked forward to the experience.

"Hopefully it'll go all right - it's been a while since I've done fitness, so I've gotta get back into it," he said.

"I'm sure it'll further my knowledge of league and put my name forward in the industry."

He said he hoped to gain a further selection but knew it was a tough industry to crack.

"I'd love to go further, if I could," he said.

"It's obviously really tough for a lot of people because there are so many really good players out there - it'll be tough, but a good experience."

Geiger fell head first into the sport at a young age, and was lucky to have further mentoring along the way.

"Dad has coached the Queensland team and he knows a lot about footy, so he's helped me in a lot of areas," he said.

"He's been helping me from the start and I also had a Bulldogs scout around here to help with my tackle.

"It was just little things like reading the game and being able to, not necessarily outdo someone, but think ahead of them."

The 17-year-old has dabbled in basketball, touch football and cricket, but said he loved league for the friendships.

"It's good just being out on the field with your mates and I love a bit of contact too," he said.

"I think it is just about the drive to win and just staying humble in your losses."

He said his proudest moment with the sport was when he was selected for a Wide Bay team this year.

"It was a big step up and I was surprised," he said.

"As soon as I got there I knew we were in for a big paddle because they were massive boys."

Geiger said he was looking forward to improving his technique.

"I think it's important that you stay determined."

"Even if things get tough, keep your drive to win and succeeding in what you want to do."

The Falcons program will be driven by Campbell and Sunshine Coast captain Tom Murphy, while Hervey Bay Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen and NRL game development officer Scott Zahra will also keep a close eye on the players.

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