He is a talented fullback, and will no doubt put pressure on Tom Humble and Â John Grant for the vacant halfback spot – but in forthcoming news for the Wests Tigers, young fullback James Tedesco has re-signed with the club for a further 3 years.
Things have moved quickly for the young prospect, who was playing SG Ball for the Western Suburb Magpies, before being named in the Australian Schoolboys side.
Now, following his representative duties, Tedesco has been elevated to the Tigers top 25, and is eager to get his first-grade career under way.
â€œI still canâ€™t believe how fast things have happened but Iâ€™m not complaining at all,â€™â€™ Tedesco said.
â€œMy focus this time last year was to play well for the Magpies to earn possibly a call up to train with the Wests Tigers U20s side or even to get a few games on the wing.â€
Tedesco is likely to get some game time during the Tigers trial games, starting with their trial next weekend, against the Parramatta Eels.
The trial games will give the talented half the chance to show his commitment, and what he can bring to the table as a potential fullback option for the Tigers throughout the season.
â€œIt has been a great experience training with the senior squad. The workload is a lot more than what I am used to but Iâ€™ve learnt so much already. Iâ€™m loving it,â€™â€™ Tedesco said.
â€œMy goal this season is to play consistent football. There will be weeks when I will have my ups and downs but if I can find some consistency in the U20s, you never know what it may lead to.
â€œIâ€™m just honoured to have my name mentioned as a candidate for the full-back role as there are some good players here fighting for the position.â€