Following in Sterlo?s footsteps
By ADAM WRATTEN
TWEED Heads Seagulls hooker Curtis Finn, 18, is determined not to let his boyhood dream slip by.
Finn has signed a one-year contract with the NRL's Parramatta Eels, a club he has supported since he was four years old.
Early next month, he will play a trial game with the club as he tries to break into its under-20 jersey flegg team.
He is desperate to follow in the footsteps of one of his favourite players, Parramatta hero Peter Sterling.
The Eels take on the Roosters' jersey flegg outfit at Parramatta in two weeks.
The versatile Finn, who can also slot in at halfback and five-eighth, has been playing the game all his life.
"It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play for the Eels," Finn said this week.
"I've been a big fan of theirs since the days of Sterlo when they were the team to beat."
Finn was more than impressed with the club's set-up when he trialled there in November.
"It was real professional," he said. "I played one full game and went alright, although I didn't do anything special."
And, while his mind is fixed on grasping his opportunity, he knows there is more to life than football.
"I start a four-year apprenticeship on Monday in carpentry. You need to have something extra."