Beaudesert Kingfisher juniors recognised by Broncos and Titans

YOUNG GUNS: Caleb Cresswell and Levi Bannan have a great future ahead of them after getting a solid foundation with the Kingfishers. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

YOUNG GUNS: Caleb Cresswell and Levi Bannan have a great future ahead of them after getting a solid foundation with the Kingfishers. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Kingfishers juniors could well be following in the footsteps of Beauy NRL greats Jamal Fogarty and Germaine Paulson, with Levi Bannan and Caleb Cresswell being selected for elite player development programs with NRL clubs.

Cresswell has taken up the opportunity to join the Broncos development team and said he would be taking part in special training sessions with the Broncos.

He said he was proud to have played for the Beaudesert Kingfishers for the past four years.

"My team is solid," he said. "We have a strong forward pack and good backs."

Bannan has doubled up with development training, taking up spots with both the Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans, where Beaudesert's own Jamal Fogarty is serving as co-captain this season.

"I've played for the Kingfishers since under 9s," Bannan said. "You always want to stay loyal but it's exciting to be part of the development teams."

The 14-year-old said he was leaning toward the Titans if he had to make a choice between the two NRL teams.

"Just because I feel like I know a lot of people there and I have a good relationship with them."

The halfback's father and team coach said one of the standout qualities of young players who make it to the NRL was versatility.

"A lot of kids and their parents as well, get stuck on playing a certain position," he said.

"You have to able to play at least four of five positions to make it in the NRL.

"There's no pressure on Levi or any of the others though.

"At the moment they are having the time of their lives and we don't expect them to play NRL unless they want to."

Playing on the same team as Bannan and Cresswell are Rhys Allridge and Patrick Evans, who are in the Easts development program and Tyler Mears, Kayden Evens and Ethan Jackson, who are in the RISE rugby league development program.

Another up and comer at the Beaudesert Kingfishers is Antwan Borey, who has played for the club since U7s and is now on the U13 team.

Borey, along with several other young Kingies, is in the Marsden State High School rugby league excellence program.