Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

HALF A CHANCE FOR JETS BERTH; Robinson Returns to Training for Shot at Queensland Cup Action

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

HALF A CHANCE FOR JETS BERTH; Robinson Returns to Training for Shot at Queensland Cup Action

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

Fred Robinson

Age: 21

Position: Halfback

Born: Wellington, New Zealand

Rugby league role model: C[pounds sterling]JT. ItCOs really hard to go past Johnathan Thurston as a player. The amount of time he has, he gets away with murder. I really like watching Benji (Marshall) too. HeCOs so exciting.C[yen]

Best advice: C[pounds sterling]My friend TJ Perenara who plays for the (Super Rugby) Hurricanes probably gave it to me. Go hard or go home and leave no stone unturned.C[yen]

AFTER leading the Canterbury Bulldogs to a Toyota Cup minor premiership, halfback Fred Robinson is looking to break into the Jets Queensland Cup side.

After beginning pre-season training in November, RobinsonCOs off-season was tragically cut short when his mother passed away.

He flew back to New Zealand following her death before returning to Ipswich only two weeks ago.

Robinson did all he could last year to stamp himself as National Rugby League material but after graduating from under-20s at the Bulldogs, he found himself stuck behind young NRL stars Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating in the halves.

So he decided a move north of the border would give him a better chance to develop as a footballer.

Robinson saw the retirement of Jets veteran five-eighth Brendon Lindsay as an opportunity for him to claim a spot in a strong team in a tough competition.

C[pounds sterling]There wasnCOt much going on for me at the Bulldogs in the NSW Cup,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]My manager suggested I look to the Queensland Cup. ICOve always heard itCOs a better competition than the NSW Cup.C[yen]

The New Zealand-born Robinson scored three tries for the under-20 Bulldogs and was the teamCOs main goal kicker with a 73 percent success rate last season.

While he played in the halves with the Bulldogs, Robinson grew up as a rugby union fullback in his home town of Wellington. …

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