Albury Thunder coach Adrian Purtell says rapidly emerging second-rower Liam Wiscombe would be “silly” not to launch himself at a potential NRL career.
The 18-year-old scored four tries in Sunday’s thumping win over Wagga Kangaroos.
It’s extremely rare for a forward to land four tries.
“He’s a natural footy player, obviously it comes down to opportunity and circumstance,” Purtell said.
“I’d love to have an off-season with him, work really hard, get him in the gym and work on a few little things.
“The kid would be silly if he doesn’t have a crack because he’s got plenty of ability.”
Purtell remains the only Border product to play at the elite level with nine years in the NRL and six overseas.
And it’s a massive step from promising junior player to the NRL, given recent three-time best and fairest Lou Goodwin never reached the top level in two stints, albeit injury played a role.
“He just probably needs to work a little harder off the field, sometimes guys don’t realise the effort you’ve got to put in off the field,” Purtell said.
Wiscombe is strongly built for a teenager at 92kgs, but he knows bulking up is one area he needs to improve.
“Definitely my size and a bit of my defence,” he said.
“It’s been my dream since I’ve been a kid (to play NRL), if the right opportunity came up, I’d definitely take it up.”
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