Dreadlocks flying, Jack Wythes scythes down Byron Bay’s Dwayne Cahill in an NRRRL game at Evans Head.
Dreadlocks flying, Jack Wythes scythes down Byron Bay’s Dwayne Cahill in an NRRRL game at Evans Head. Jay Cronan

Wythes to play lock for Bombers

JACK WYTHES just wants to play footy.

Rugby league, that is.

It took a while for the 20-year-old to find his place on the sporting field – but he is certain he has found it.

Wythes has spent time at halfback in rugby, on the wing in league, and years as a soccer midfielder.

Recently he has filled a hole in the centres for his Evans Head Bombers – he could probably play anywhere.

But tomorrow, for the Round 6 NRRRL away clash with Kyogle, he will be back where he wants to be – locking the scrum for the Bombers.

He started the season in the No 9 jersey, has spent time in the back-row and the backs, but his form at lock will make it easy for coach Damian Bryant to keep him there.

And the tackle-busting utility couldn’t be happier.

“All I want is to play lock for the Bombers all year,” Wythes said.

“But I am more than happy to fill gaps when needed.”

Now defending in the middle of the ruck, a distant memory is the childhood where Wythes grew up playing soccer.

“I played soccer all my life up until a couple of years ago,” he said.

“But I will never play it again.

“I am enjoying footy more.”

Far from an imposing looking customer – apart from the half-way-down-the-back dreadlocks – Wythes has shown he is keen for the collision. Though not in an overtly aggressive way.

More than knock a bloke out, Wythes wants to chop him down – textbook style – then rise quickly to his feet and line up the next man.

His bravery in attacking bigger opponents and running courageous lines is enough to build a team around.

Not that the Bombers don’t already have a ‘rock’ in the forwards.

Captain Tim Tregidgo fires up Wythes every time they cross the white line together.

“Tim is inspirational,” he said.

“Someone to look up to – he won’t shirk any task set for him, so that is a good quality to follow.”

After notching win number one over Murwillumbah last week, the tireless pair will lead the Bombers against the winless Turkeys at Kyogle tomorrow afternoon.

Whether the Bombers can make it two remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure – Wythes’ dread-locks will be flying for the full 80 minutes.



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