Conlon on right path
IN November last year, Souths Logan and Canberra Raiders recruitment and welfare manager Brian Edwards said Wes Conlon’s work ethic would determine if he could cut it in the Queensland Cup.
So far so good, with Conlon relishing the step up from the Ipswich Rugby League to Queensland Cup.
“It’s pretty mad, pretty cool,” the 21-year-old former Swifts fullback and five-eighth said.
“I’m on track.
“Training is all up to scratch and I’m keeping up with everything.”
Conlon said the initial adjustment was tough but now he is handling the workload comfortably.
“They were (working us hard) in the pre-season,” he said.
“But now we’re all on top of it, it’s all sweet.
“I’m loving it.
“Everything is coming into place.”
Conlon has played in both his club’s trials in the top grade, at wing against the Ipswich Jets and fullback against Norths Devils.
That he hasn’t been out of place he attributes to a change of diet.
“It is up another level (from the IRL) but with my fitness and eating better, I’m finding it easier,” he said.
“It’s way quicker – like touch football but it’s league.
“The refs make you get off the tackled player fast and it’s bang, bang, bang.
“But I’m eating right and my fitness is good.
“When I wasn’t eating well, I got tired easier and would get migraines.
“Now I keep up and recuperate better.”
Take-away food has been replaced by salads, though Subway meals still feature regularly in his diet.
He has also managed to bulk up his lean frame from 80kg to 84kg.
While he can no longer be the bossy boots he was at the back of play for Swifts last season, Conlon is enjoying being a small cog in a bigger wheel.
“Everyone’s got their job to do,” he said.
“I come in, do a bit and get out.”
It means he can focus on doing the little things better.
“I was really pleased with myself against the Jets,” he said.
“I made no mistakes.
“My cousin Dennis Conlon, who also plays for Souths Logan, said you’ve got to have a goal in your head.
“Mine is ‘do something positive then follow up with something positive’.
“Even if that means take the tackle, rather than push the pass.”
But Conlon is under no illusion he has made the big time yet.
“I reckon I still need to put on more weight,” he said.
“Gym-wise I need to get harder.
“My goal is to be at the top of my game and be where I want to be in the Q Cup.
“I reckon I just need to get involved that extra bit.”
Souths Logan coach Mark Beaumont has been pleased with Conlon’s form and attitude.
He said Conlon would start on the wing in the Magpies’ trial against Sunshine Coast on Saturday but would spend some time at fullback.
“His pace out of dummy half and his footwork are exceptional,” Beaumont said.
“You can’t coach that sort of natural talent.
“He’s definitely in the Queensland Cup ranks and is doing all the right things.
“He just needs to keep improving.
“His work ethic at the moment is really good.”