Lanston brothers try out for Jets
MEET the pair of rugby league players who could well be Tweed’s answer to the Morris brothers – Cabarita’s Guy and Drew Lanston.
Like the Morris men, the Lanston lads are twin torpedos on the battle field and their exploits haven’t gone unnoticed.
An integral part of the Bilambil Jets’ epic 2009 Gold Coast Rugby League campaign, the electric 20-year-old double act were invited to tryout for NSW Rugby League outfit and Sydney Roosters feeder club, the Newtown Jets.
The pair arrived in Sydney yesterday ahead of their four-week trial a little anxious, but ready to mix it up with the big boys.
“They’ve got some big-name players down there, so we’ll to see how it goes,” Guy said.
“We’re not too sure what to expect, other than it will be pretty full on.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
The double act were contacted towards the back end of last season when Bilambil were in the midst of a stellar run of form that saw the young underdogs upset big guns Tugun and Southport en route to a grand final berth.
The duo credit their team-mates and coach for much of the attention.
“It definitely helps having so many good players around you, helping you look good,” Guy said.
“Being in a team that was playing well and getting results certainly helped get noticed.
“And having Troy (McCarthy) as coach was great, because he’s so experienced and taught us heaps.”
While most added some Christmas kilos, the Kingscliff Public and High School products kept up a steady fitness routine over the holidays to ensure they wouldn’t be too far behind the eight-ball in Newtown.
“We stayed in reasonable shape over the holidays and did a fair bit of fitness down the beach,” Guy said.
“It definitely helps having Drew to train with, as we push each other along and there’s a bit of rivalry there.”
From the Tweed Coast Raiders to the Cudgen Hornets and finally Bilambil, the Lanstons have long loved the game of rugby league.
But Guy, a centre, admits he was more interested in the social aspect than the serious side of the sport.
“I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere with it, but this is a bonus,” he said.
“It worked out well moving to Bilambil, and I’m not too worried about where I go from here.
“Drew’s better than me though, and I think he’s a good chance of making it at fullback.”
Following an intense training program, the pair are expected to feature in several pre-season trial games for Newtown.