Seage steps up pace for contract
JOSH Seage has reaped the rewards for his willingness to embrace hard work.
The Yamanto 19-year-old is poised to sign a new contract with the Brisbane Broncos, tying him to the club for 2012 and possibly beyond.
Seage will play his second trial for the club's under-20 team this afternoon, alongside fellow Ipswich products Rian Diffey, Kurt Capewell and Brett Greinke.
The Broncos take on a Gold Coast Titans team featuring former Ipswich Grammar student Sam Johnson at Miami.
Seage joined the Broncos on a pre-season training contract last year but things have gone so well he expects to put pen to paper on a new deal next week.
For Seage, it will have exceeded his own expectations.
"They just wanted to see how I went in the pre-season," Seage said. "I just wanted to get through the pre-season and see how I went."
So far so good if the new contract is anything to go by.
But it hasn't been easy with the 103kg Seage admitting it is the hardest he has pushed himself physically in his life.
"It was a lot different and tougher than anything I've done before," the third year human movement student said.
"But at the end you feel like you've done a lot and want to see how far you can go."
Seage has been inspired by Capewell and Greinke.
"They're going well," Seage said.
"They lead the fitness drills.
"Greinke has done really well, straight out of school."
It wasn't just how hard the trainers pushed the players that caught Seage by surprise.
"The fitness was always hard but I wasn't used to the physicality," he said.
"Early in the season everyone was bashing everyone. I learnt pretty quickly you've got to go hard and start bashing as well."
Seage has spent most of his footy in the back row.
He starred for Swifts in the 2010 Ipswich Rugby League grand final as a 17-year-old and played for the Ipswich Jets Colts and FOGS Cup teams last year.
But the Broncos see him as a front rower and it is something he is getting used to.
"It's not too bad," Seage said.
"It's hard work but you know what your role is so you just go out and do it."
Seage had his introduction to the real stuff in a trial against Wynnum last weekend.
"It was very physical," he said.
"The speed of the game is the big difference."
This week is likely to be even more intense.
"The coach said to us this is the first week that results matter," Seage said.
Josh Seage: 19, prop, Swifts junior.
Rian Diffey: 18, outside back, Springfield junior.
Brett Greinke: 17, centre, Centenary junior.
Kurt Capewell: 18, back, Charleville junior.