BLAKE Layton has just scooped the pool in his first year of big time Rugby League in Sydney.
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Backing up after a successful season with the Balmain Tigers in the SG Ball competition he packed down as Hooker for the Ryde Eastwood Hawks.
It was here that he really impressed selectors being voted both ‘Players’ Player’ and ‘Player of the Year’ in the under 18s . On top of this he took out the coveted ‘Club Player of the Year’ Award.
Blake first laced up his boots at the tender young age of five playing for the Mallabula Panthers.
He then switched to the Raymond Terrace Roosters at the age of ten. He trialled for Hunter Sports High, was accepted and at age 15 was in the school’s team which won the State Premiership Knockout Competition.
He was then placed in the Newcastle Knights development squad which took out the prestigious ‘Harold Matthews State Knockout’ trophy.
He also played in the representative under 16 indigenous side.
Blake’s ambition is to play first grade for ‘Wests Tigers’.
“My whole life has centred around Rugby League,” he said.
“I’ve had tremendous support from my family and look forward to next season with great anticipation,” he added.