Carter preparing for league tour
THE Carter name is set to live on in rugby league with former Alstonville student Paul Carter preparing for the 2010 Australian Schoolboys tour of Europe.
The 18-year-old lock is the son of Steve Carter, who won a grand final with Penrith in 1991.
Paul Carter said it had been quite the journey since moving to Sydney from Alstonville to complete Year 12 last year.
The former Marist Brothers junior has excelled in Sydney playing for the Canterbury Bulldogs’ SG Ball team, as well as a handful of games in the Toyota Cup Under-20s.
The young Carter attended Homebush Boys High School but said his years at Alstonville High School was the time he had cherished the most.
“I enjoyed my time there so much, it made playing football easy,” he said.
“The teachers and the students were such good people and I have really missed it.”
Steve Carter couldn’t be more proud of his son but realises he still has a long way to go.
“It’s a tough challenge to crack the NRL these days; he has a lot of hard work ahead of him,” he said.
“He is a determined player and an excellent tackler but there are some improvements he needs to make in the next season.”
Paul Carter will have a good chance to fine-tune his skills when the Australian Schoolboys team plays Wales next Tuesday in the first game of the seven-match tour.
The team, in camp in Canberra, will fly out this weekend.
Paul said his father had always been there to offer advice before the big games.
“He tells me to remember the basics like ball control and tackling around the legs,” he said.
“Dad’s always been a big help. I grew up around football as a kid; it’s all I knew and all I want to do.”
Steve played 14 seasons at Penrith and holds the record for most capped player at the club with 242 games.
He would love nothing more than to see Paul run around in Panthers colours but said he should remain loyal to the Bulldogs while things are going well for him at the club.
“They have been really good to him there and if Penrith show an interest he should make sure he does the right thing by the Bulldogs,” Steve Carter said.
“Unfortunately these days loyalty is a thing of the past and players’ verbal commitments seem to mean nothing.”
While Paul said playing for the Panthers was definitely something he would consider, he is happy at the Bulldogs.
“Playing for the Panthers could happen one day; you never really know how things will work out,” he said.
“Right now I’m just loving my time at the Bulldogs.
“It’s great knowing you’re in a good team playing the best opposition week-in, week-out.”