A lot of budding rugby league players can only dream of the chance to be in a first-grade squad and for Zach Strasser, he does not have to dream any more, signing with the Brisbane Broncos.
Strasser, who has just turned 21 came from the Redcliffe Dolphins – one of the Broncos feeder teams in the QLD Cup – and for the man himself, he is still in some disbelief that he will be a part of an NRL system.
“Yeah, it’s pretty surreal, to be honest,” said Strasser.
“It’s a great experience and the boys have really welcomed me into the squad.
“I’m just enjoying every moment.
With the Queensland Cup a level down from the NRL, whilst the grounds are not foreign to Strasser, the level of play is.
“It’s all new to me and this is probably the toughest thing I’ve done in my life,” said Strasser.
“I love it and I’ll do it for as long as I can.”
Playing at Redcliffe last year, Strasser always had the thought of playing first-grade in the back of his mind.
“Hook [Anthony Griffin] rang me up pretty early in the year – I think it was about Rd 5 or something and he’d seen what I had been doing the last couple of years, so he kept in contact,” said Strasser.
“He said to just keep playing well and you’ll earn your spot and so I tried to do that each game.”
Strasser knows that pre-season is crucial and plans to work hard and hopefully make the most of his chance moving forward and when the trials come around.
“I just want to get fitter and stronger and whatever I can personally,” said Strasser.
“Then hopefully just get a crack and perform.
“Until then I have just got to keep doing my thing at training.
“I just have to stay injury free and do my very best.”