Jack Glossop, 15, began his journey towards the NRL by playing for the Brisbane Broncos under-15 side.
Jack Glossop, 15, began his journey towards the NRL by playing for the Brisbane Broncos under-15 side. Mike Richards GLA021013RUGB

Gladstone youngster heads north to pave way for NRL spot

FOR 11 years, Jack Glossop has played for Valleys in the Gladstone rugby league, but things are all about to change.

Glossop's rugby league career is taking a turn for the better.

The 15-year-old will attend St Brendan's College in Yeppoon, following in the footsteps of some current NRL stars.

"They had Dave Taylor, Corey Oates who is just starting at the Broncos, Matt Scott," he said.

The move north comes on the back of a trip to Brisbane in late September during which Glossop made his first appearance for the Broncos and what he hopes will be one of many.

A fan of the club since he was young, the Valleys junior was scouted into the junior academy at the beginning of 2013 and kept powering forward in the front row until he had secured a spot in the academy under-15s squad.

"We went straight into camp to train at Suncorp's PCYC," Glossop said.

"We did structure and game play and after every session we would review tapes. They would pause and show plays we could do."

In addition to training, Glossop found himself on the winning side against some of the best young metro-based players around, defeating the Slingers side, a representative team, 26-6.

The front rower also found himself in elite company, right where he hopes to be in just a few years.

"I met Alex Glen, Josh Hoffman and Dale Copley," Glossop said.

"It was good to meet them. They are NRL players and we were speaking to them like normal people."

Being the only Central Queensland-based player in the Broncos under-15 squad, Glossop now has a couple of months to take it easy before training kicks in again for a number of teams, including his new college and the Capras team.

But he'll stick around for a while.

"They try and keep you in the region until you finish school," he said.