Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Queensland Under-16 Coach Praises Smith and Mackay's Systems

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Queensland Under-16 Coach Praises Smith and Mackay's Systems

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GARRETT Smith's Queensland coach, Kurt Richards, says there is a lot of upside to the 16-year-old.

"For a player coming out of a regional area, he was outstanding on the night," Richards said.

"He ran hard and he hit hard and I can guarantee New South Wales will remember playing against him."

Richards said Garrett came into the Queensland Academy of Sport squad, separate to the Origin team, as a 15-year-old.

"He's had a bit of a development through that program and obviously the Mackay region is doing a great job as well.

"Getting into camp, Garrett was just one who just took everything on board and went out there and put it into practice.

"He's certainly got all the qualities needed to play in those junior Origin games for Queensland - he's tough, he competes and outside of those things, he's a great person off the field as well."

Richards said if Garrett continued to work hard and make good choices he had a "bright future". …

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