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IF YOU thought footy season was over, you're wrong.
For a sports journalist in Ipswich, it remains very much peak season.
We have young Ipswich Jets stars Matt Parcell and Carlin Anderson either signing or about to sign their first NRL contracts; Joe Ofahengaue and Brett Greinke having just played a national under-20 grand final and set to represent Australia under-20s; Anthony Milford has just returned to Brisbane to join the Broncos from Canberra and played in the Prime Minister's XIII win over Papua New Guinea last weekend.
Tautau Moga will play for Samoa in the Four Nations tournament starting next week; and the Tasi brothers - Tautalatasi and Lama - have been back in town on short breaks from the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and Salford Red Devils respectively.
In rugby union, we have Harley Fox and Sham Vui just returned from representing Australian Schoolboys.
Having such a huge range of potential stars coming through the Ipswich sporting landscape is gold for a sports journalist.
You can bet some of those names will be among the superstars of their games in years to come and it is always great to be able to look back and say "I knew them when".
Like when Parcell made his Jets Colts debut; when Anderson was more known for his softball exploits than rugby league; when Milford was just a schoolboy with potential. It reminds me of doing a story for the Logan Reporter on the Marsden High School league team years ago - a team that featured Israel Folau, Chris Sandow and Antonio Winterstein. It also provides plenty of opportunity for good future copy in lean times. Essentially it serves to remind how fortunate we are to be able to report sport for a living.