The Wests Tigers are looking to lock up their junior talent and have sighted young rake Daniel Peck as a successor to veteran Robbie Farah in a few years’ time.
Wests Tigers SG Ball coach Mathew Head, who had stints at St George Illawarra, Wests and Hull in his playing career, has had his eye on Peck since day one and thinks the teenager’s maturity on the field defies his age.
“To be 18 and knowing in the next three or four years that Robbie Farah probably won’t be there any more, it’s certainly a good position for ‘Pecky’ to be in.
“He’s very smart, he knows how to stick to a game plan but he also knows how to see what’s in front of him and play.
“Ability wise and what’s inside his head, he’s certainly got all the attributes to be able to make it.”
Peck captained his SG ball side to a second-placed finish in the regular season this year and also made his NSW debut in the Blues’ Under-18 side, something Head described as a “huge achievement”.
The hooker has been invited to train on with the Tigers’ Under-19s academy, but Head feels he should go further.
“Personally I think he should be up there in the 20s at the moment and training full-time and really trying to get a start some week,” Head said.
“They’re bottom of the eight and they do have a good hooker in (Jacob) Liddle, and he’s a good footballer, but I don’t think ‘Pecky’s too far away from him.”
Peck is modest about what the future holds but said his Origin experience and being around senior players and coaches is something he looks to use as a foundation for his future career.
“He’s (Head) unreal. He’s a bit angry but he knows what he’s talking about so I like to listen to him,” Peck said.
“(Origin) was the best thing I’ve been a part of, having Johnny Morris and Liam Fulton and Todd Payten guiding us around was unreal, but U/20s is the goal at the moment.
“I’m just focused on m being the best I can be and hopefully (I’ll) get the call up.
“I can see nothing but good things coming from that.”
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