RUGBY LEAGUE: Kingaroy's Lane Ferling will take the field for the Souths Logan Magpies in the 2018 season.
He has returned to Queensland after spending the past year in NSW as a member of the under-20 Cronulla Sharks NYC team.
"It was a really great experience, I am definitely glad I took the opportunity to see how an NRL team operates,” he said.
"Especially training with the NRL team once a week and seeing how they function and see their day-to-day.”
Ferling suffered a finger injury at the beginning of the season, which took longer to recover from than he initially thought.
He then suffered a knee strain halfway through the season, meaning he didn't get the chance to pull on a Sharks jersey.
"I was just on the verge of the team and I didn't get the opportunity to cement my position,” he said.
The highlight of the season for Ferling was playing in the halves for the Newtown Jets in the NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership league.
"Playing reserve grade for the NRL gave me a massive eye-opener into how physically demanding NRL is,” he said.
Ferling is realistic about coming out of an U20 side and into an Intrust Super Cup team.
"I'm really glad I have been able to step back into the Intrust Super League and I now know what to expect at training,” he said.
"You can't get too far ahead of yourself.
"A lot of people think it is going to happen when you get out of the U20s but it's just not the case.
"I want to play a few games in the Intrust Super Cup and get the taste for the standard of play and in the next few years focus on cementing my place as the number one for the team.”
Ferling lives with his older sister Holly, a WBBL Brisbane Heat cricketer, and they support each other to achieve their goals.
"I'll be at home and she will be at training so I will cook dinner for her, and if you are feeling down about training we can talk to each other and know what each other are going through.”
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