Latest Gympie star to play in the NRL
CARLIN Anderson is set to join the likes of Darren Burns, Kris Kahler and Billy Rogers as the latest Gympie rugby league product to play in the NRL.
Since replacing Bulldogs-bound winger Tautalatasi Tasi in round nine back in May, the 18 year-old has been a revelation on the wing for the Ipswich Jets in the Intrust Super Cup this season.
Playing every game since his debut, Anderson's explosive speed, athleticism and ability to read the play has earnt the admiration of coaches and club scouts.
The former James Nash High School student is set to sign an NRL deal within the month, but is yet to decide with which club.
The Brisbane Broncos have offered him a one-year contract for next season, but two other clubs are vying for the winger's services.
"Carlin's had a couple of interviews with the Broncos, which would be his preferred club being close to home, but he's keen for a longer-term contract," proud mum Vicki said.
"He's just started a new sandblasting apprenticeship in Ipswich too, so there's a few things to weigh up.
"All he does is train, play, work, train, play work. He's very dedicated.
"An NRL contract is probably a pretty good sign that rugby league is the sport to focus on!"
Anderson is a multi-code star who has represented Australia in rugby union, futsal and softball, and Queensland in cricket, as well as playing representative hockey and soccer while attending Ipswich Grammar School.
He has played a pivotal role for the Jets this year, and starred again in their 30-24 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins in the last regular-season match on Saturday, helping Ipswich finish in fifth and just scrape through to the finals.
They will now play Tweed Heads in the knockout semi-final this Sunday.
"He's a natural athlete, and one of these kids who can just do anything," Jets co-coach Ben Walker said.
"I definitely think he has NRL potential."
Veteran Ipswich centre Brendon Marshall, who played beside Tasi and now Anderson, is full of praise for the Gympie product.
"I've told him there's not many young players who think the way he does," Marshall said.
"He's seeing stuff out there a seasoned Cup player might see, picking his times and watching body language to tell if an opponent is going to kick or pass."
Anderson took up half a page in Saturday's edition of the Courier Mail, featured alongside Northern Pride player Davin Crampton, also in line for an NRL contract.