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Melbourne Storm trial for Bundamba State High star

LEADING MAN: Ipswich 15-year-old Blake Lenehan has all the tools required for a future as an NRL player.
LEADING MAN: Ipswich 15-year-old Blake Lenehan has all the tools required for a future as an NRL player. Claudia Baxter

BLAKE Lenehan is the prototype of what rugby league scouts are looking for.

Just 15 years old he stands 186cm tall, weighs 95kg and is still growing.

At his school athletics carnival Lenehan took out the 100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin events, earning him the age champions trophy as well as his school's sportsman of the year award.

It went along with his best-and-fairest for the school league team.

Physical attributes are one thing but Blake also has the attitude to match.

He prefers lock to second row because it enables him to defend in the middle of the ruck - all the better for bringing down the opposition's biggest players.

Lenehan's talents have been noticed.

He's had three Ipswich schools offering him deals to join them.

So far none have been tempting enough to lure him away from Bundamba State High.

He was invited to play in a Melbourne Storm's Academy under-17 trial a fortnight ago, against players up to two years older than him.

"It was not too bad," he said.

"In the first half I didn't get much ball. The second half was much better.

"They moved me from second row to lock and I'm much more comfortable at lock."

He may not reman a lock much longer with his size and speed likely to tempt coaches to play him wider out.

However, typical of his self- belief, Lenehan is determined to play where he feels he can make the biggest impact.

"I want to stay at lock," he said.

"I prefer to stay in the middle and tackle. There I can make plays and run the ball."

Lenehan's thoughts are now on the upcoming Cyril Connell Cup pre-season for Ipswich, which begins shortly.

Having had a taste of it this year, Lenehan is keen to prove himself a leader in a team he expects to challenge for finals.

"I hope I get to lead them," he said.

"As we get into training, hopefully, I will start to show some leadership to the coaches.

"On field, I like leading and being the one to show others what to do, or if they're uncertain or scared I'll lead the way."

FUTURE STAR

Bundamba State High athletics age champion

Ipswich Cyril Connell Cup, Met West and Queensland White under-15 representative

Member of Melbourne Storm Rugby League Academy

Biggest influence: Dad (Chris Lenehan)

Driving force: I just love the game

Motto: Play my own game

Topics:  melbourne storm, nrl



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