Eddie hoping to feed the Sharks
By ADAM HICKS
FORMER Ballina Seagulls rugby league second-rower Eddie Killingbeck has taken up residence in Cronulla to play with the Sharks’ feeder club, the Cobras.
Killingbeck made the move south after scoring a stand-out solo try in the Seagulls’ last-minute grand final loss to the Mullumbimby Giants in the2 Retravision 1Northern League last year.
He has spent most of the off-season training with the Cobras and had a few sessions under the eye of Ricky Stuart.
“We had a couple of muck-around games against the (Sharks) first grade and Under-20s,” he said.
“I was pretty nervous with Ricky Stuart there watching – you want to impress and hope you don’t muck it up.
“It’s taken a lot more seriously down here. We train up to eight times a week, sometimes with the Sharks.
“It’s pretty hard, but that depends on the effort you put in.
“If you want to make it hard then you do and if you don’t want to make it hard, it’s not worth it.”
Killingbeck was invited to play with the Cobras through a family connection and is relishing his chance at trying to make it into the NRL.
“It could be a path (into the NRL); that’s what I’m hoping for,” he said.
“It’s something I found I really wanted to do.
“I wanted to know all my life if I could make it.
“Not many people get that opportunity and I’d be stupid if I didn’t come down and make the best of that.”
The Cobras will begin a series of three trial games later this month before the competition starts.
“I’m excited,” he said.
“Three games and then it starts.”