Ex-Ray in Super mood
BLAKE Enever had the game-time equivalent of a sip in the Reds' win over the Rebels last Friday, but to him it must have felt like he drank the whole bottle.
The three-minute stint marked the former Stingray's Super Rugby debut and reinforced his desire to play at the highest level.
Currently with Easts in Brisbane, the 20-year-old is well placed to play a lot more minutes as the reigning champion's push towards the finals gathers more momentum after a spluttering start to the season.
And if he continues to impress, a Reds contract at season's end is a distinct possibility.
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is certainly impressed, describing the 199cm, 116kg behemoth as intelligent and firmly in his sights.
Enever, who grew up in Wurtulla, said his Reds debut off the bench late in the match was "a dream come true".
"I was just stoked to get a chance to run out there," he said.
"I'm not really sure what Ewen's thinking is at the moment in regards to selection, so I'll do the same thing I did last week and see what happens," he added.
Queensland plays the Highlanders at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.
Enever, an Australian Academy member, wore the Reds jersey for the first time in last month's exhibition match against the Hurricanes on the Sunshine Coast.
He said he was surprised to get the call-up for the Rebels game.
"I didn't expect to be this far so soon," he said.
"I'm enjoying it. So whatever happens is a bonus along the way.
"I'm just going to give it my best."
Enever, who left the Stingrays at the end of last season, said he was not interested in playing for another Super Rugby club.
"I've always wanted to be a Red … I'm not too worried about any other options," the former Australian under-20 representative said.
McKenzie said Enever had been on the Reds' radar for some time and was in the side's "development pathway".
While he was still very much an unfinished product, the signs were good.
"He's a very intelligent young fellow," McKenzie said.
"He picks things up quickly. That's why we started using him.
"Every time he trains he improves, which is good."
Potential To Burn
- A 199cm, 116kg lock, man mountain Blake Enever left the Stingrays at the end of the 2011 season to play for Easts in Brisbane
- Enever debuted for the Reds in last month's exhibition match against the Hurricanes on the Coast. The Reds lost the match but Enever impressed
- Made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds in their win over the Rebels last Friday