Redcliffe Dolphins fullback Trai Fuller had a standout season with the Hostplus Cup team in 2022, earning him a train and trial contract with the NRL side.
The 25-year-old has the chance to fulfill a dream and will be working hard to impress the coaches this preseason, which started in November.
Fuller will be part of the Dolphins’ squad for the entire 2023 season after signing the deal that is a reward for his scintillating form in the Hostplus Cup in 2022.
He was a huge part of the Redcliffe Dolphins’ late-season march to the finals, that included a 12-match unbeaten streak.
The speedy fullback scored 15 tries in 20 matches in 2022, produced 12 try assists and 17 linebreaks, and averaged more than 160 running metres per game.
Impressively, he has scored three tries in a match on three separate occasions this year alone.
The 25-year-old was born in Monto and grew up within the Dolphins’ catchment in the North Burnett region at Eidsvold, west of Bundaberg.
He went to school in Central Queensland at St Brendan’s Yeppoon before becoming part of the Broncos’ under-20s squad.
In 2018, he made his state league debut with Redcliffe and has improved every year to now find himself with a shot at impressing in the NRL system.
Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said Fuller’s background as a young player from southern Queensland was a perfect example of what the Dolphins were trying to do as the club extends into the NRL competition.
He will now get the chance to learn from Super Coach Wayne Bennett and assistant coaches Kristian Woolf and Nathan Fine, and train alongside some of the best professionals in the game.
These include Felise Kaufusi, Tom Gilbert, Jesse and Kenny Bromwich, Euan Aitken, Anthony Milford, Kodi Nikorima, Ray Stone and Sean O’Sullivan.
Fuller is part of a squad of rising stars who will have the chance to develop their game through the Dolphins’ pathways program.
About Trai Fuller
Fuller is an Eidsvold Eagles junior who was born in Monto.
He has played 62 Hostplus Cup Games, scoring 35 tries.
The fullback joined the Redcliffe Dolphins in 2018 and was part of the Grand Final-winning side, scoring two tries in the game. He is Dolphin No. 745.
Fuller has signed a one-year train and trial contract with the Dolphins’ NRL club which will make its debut in 2023. It will allow him to concentrate on his game full time and learn from some of the best players and coaches in the game.
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