By TANIA PHILLIPS
MURWILLUMBAH teenager Anthony Watts will be one of the huge number of Tweed residents watching tomorrow's National Rugby League final - but for Watts the game will have special significance.
The 18-year-old signed this week with the Sydney City Rosters - one of the grand final combatants.
Mum Robin said the young halfback agreed to a two year contract with the top Sydney club.
"His father David and I are very proud of everything he has achieved," she said.
"But of course we will be sad to see him go.
"We expect that he will play with their Jersey Flegg (Under 21) side."
The signing has meant the end of a promising cricket career for the talented wicketkeeper batsmen.
Watts played with the Gold Coast Dolphins in the Queensland Cricket Association competition last year and has been a regular in representative teams for several years. He had been expected to go back to play A grade with Tweed District team Terranora this season.
Up until now he has been able to juggle both sports but Robin Watts said his signing with Sydney City will probably mean the end of Anthony's cricket career at least for a while.
Watts is currently in the middle of finishing his year 12 studies at Palm Beach Currumbin High where he has been part of their sports excellence program for Rugby League.
He has been enjoying a lot of success on the football field this year. He captained Tugun to victory in the under 18 competition this season.
lMeanwhile injury has once again cost Great Britain rugby league hooker Keiron Cunningham a shot at Australia.
Cunningham withdrew from the upcoming Tri-Nations tournament overnight with a knee injury which is expected to sideline him for four months.
The St Helens rake was once regarded as the best hooker in the world.