Anderson signs one-year deal with Broncos
IPSWICH Jets' teenage back Carlin Anderson has signed with the Brisbane Broncos for 2016.
Anderson chose the Broncos ahead of a host of fellow suitors including North Queensland, Canterbury Bankstown, South Sydney, Gold Coast and St George.
Part of the reason was to stay close to home; part was to remain loyal to the Broncos, who gave him the chance to train with them during the off-season; and part of it was the chance to play under champion coach Wayne Bennett.
"I always wanted to stay at the Broncos and stay loyal to them," Anderson said.
"I didn't mind if I had to go to Sydney, but I'm grateful for the opportunity with the Broncos.
"Wayne Bennett is one coach I've always wanted to play under."
It is good news for the Jets, because if Anderson is not wearing a Broncos jersey in 2016 he will in all likelihood continue to play for Ipswich.
But Anderson is determined that next season is the one in which he makes the step up to the NRL.
"It's awesome," Anderson said.
"Obviously I want to crack the NRL next year and just enjoy it.
"Hopefully I can have a good pre-season."
Helping convince him is the success he's seen Jets teammate Matt Parcell have in his first few games in the NRL.
Hooker Parcell has made a seamless transition from the Queensland Cup, giving Anderson confidence he could do the same.
"Just seeing him come through the ranks and being a mate. He's gone from playing for the Jets to playing NRL in front of 25,000 people," Anderson said.
"He's been fitting in very well and doesn't look out of place."
Anderson began the season in a blaze of glory for the Jets, creating breaks from nothing and scoring tries for fun.
But the former Ipswich Grammar School student believes his form has tapered off in the past month or so. So last weekend's bye was more than welcome.
Anderson took in the Ipswich Cup, but described himself as a "shocking punter".
The break has rejuvenated him however and he is raring to go when the Jets return home on Saturday to take on the Central Queensland Capras.