Fatty, Sterlo and more: Young NRL fan’s star struck holiday
RUNNING into one rugby league great on the street might be relatively common, but eight in two days is certainly something else.
Brendan Garratt, 11, from Kingscliff was on holidays with family in Brisbane on June 25 and 26 when he bumped into Greg Bird, James Maloney and Luke Lewis.
But the lucky encounters just kept on coming, as Brendan stumbled across the paths of Peter 'Sterlo' Sterling, Gus Gould, Wally Lewis, Darryl Brohman and Paul 'Fatty' Vautin.
Staunch Queenslanders Lewis and Brohman even got into the Origin spirit, playfully jesting with the young Roosters fan Brendan about his strong support for the NSW Blues.
Brendan said he was excited to meet all the "legendary" football personalities and had one simple sentence to describe his excitement in the midst of Origin fever.
"Go the Blues," he said.
Brendan's mother Lisa Garratt said all the NRL stars were "really nice people" and gladly took time out for a photo with her son.
"It was after we went and bought the official ball," she said.
"Then one after the other we bumped into them all.
"Brendan goes for the Blues, he's hoping they win and was excited for Origin. I said to him that not all kids get to do this, you're a legend."
No doubt Brendan has been excitedly filling in his mates at Gold Coast's Somerset College about his extraordinary string of meet and greets.