Rez Phillips doing the Eagle rock for Goodna
REZ Phillips is underrated in some quarters but not by his captain Ramon Filipine.
Filipine has hailed the never say die prop as a key figure in getting the Gooda Eagles' engine room firing on all cylinders.
As the Eagles get ready for the A Grade rugby league grand final clash with Fassifern there is no doubt Phillips will prove to be a decisive factor in the outcome.
Phillips, the co-captain of the Phillipines national rugby league team the Tamaraws and a former Intrust Super Cup front-rower, forms a lethal partnership up front for Goodna with Zac Lemberg.
"Rez is tough. He is a footballer. He knows the game,” Filipine said.
"He gets on with his work and is probably the most underrated player I have played with in this competition. I really thought he would have been up there for player of the year.
"This is his first year playing seniors at this level.
"In the past he has played at Queensland Cup and BRL level.
"Sometimes you might get players who come back from a higher level who take it a bit easy, but he doesn't.
"He hasn't missed a training session and is always the first one at games.”
Filipine said Phillips had tapered for the grand final and had looked after himself perfectly off the park.
"Rez is in the best shape I have ever seen him,” Filipine said.
"He has dropped about 10 kilos in the last couple of months so he is fit and ready to go.”
Filipine said Phillips was a popular character around the club and valued for being "a bit quirky” and not your average prop.
"Sometimes he brings his camera to games and takes photos before we play of all the players,” Filipine said.
"He travels a lot and keeps chickens. He just does some funny stuff.
"Rez is very switched on.
"You wouldn't think he played footy if you knew him outside of this.
"But on the field he is just a different person. He's an animal.
"He is great mates with Zac (Lemberg) too. Zac was in Rez's wedding line.”
The bond that exists between the Goodna lads has a long history as Filipine pointed out.
"Rez was at Souths-Logan. We were all there together,” he said.
"There was me, Rez, Zac and Ben Thorburn all in the same team.”
Filipine is just glad Phillips decided to join Goodna.
"Rez was here (at North Ipswich Reserve) on grand final day last year with his dad,” Filipine recalled.
"His dad said to him 'Goodna is where you should come and play footy'.
"Rez did and now he is playing in a grand final and his dad will be watching.”