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I'm here to learn - Kangaroos bolter says he's not up to the Test

AUSTRALIAN rugby league's newest ironman Luke Douglas says he doesn't yet measure up to a Kangaroos jersey.

The biggest bolter in the train-on squad named last week, 21-year-old Douglas has been measuring himself against Dally M prop of the year Steve Price.

Douglas, who has played 48 games straight for the Sharks since making his NRL debut last year, said Price should be the first prop picked for Australia's Test against New Zealand on October 14.

The Yamba junior has been studying footage of the 33-year-old to try to take his own game a step forward next season.

"I've sat with a few boys and watched videos of Steve Price this season to see why he's so effective," Douglas said. "I suppose you mould your game on guys like him and Petero (Civoniceva). Price bends the line every time he runs the ball. He does a bit of footwork at the line and he can always get 10m.

"Steve Price surely has to be in (the Australian Test team)."

But how does Douglas, a 2005 Australian Schoolboys representative, measure up against Australia's two premier props?

He finished the season in the NRL's top five for tackles, with more than 35 a match, ahead of Civoniceva (31) and Price (27.6).

But Douglas wants to tinker with his attack, increasing his number of hit-ups and offloads and boosting his size to a massive 112kg by next season.

Douglas made a strong 107m gain per game this year, compared with Price's incredible 199m a match.

"We've sat down (at the Sharks) and talked about goals, and I'd like my metres to improve next year," Douglas said.

"I don't pass much in a game, but I know I can.

"It's just a matter of having the confidence to do it in a game."

Douglas said he had enjoyed a dream run since his debut in 2006.

Cronulla and Australian coach Ricky Stuart had told him he could be a future representative player, but Douglas didn't expect to be considered so early in his career.

"I've got a long way to go before I play for Australia," he said.

"There's plenty of front-rowers there. I've probably got a fair bit to go till I'm at my best."

Douglas said he had not been burned out by two strenuous seasons.

"I'm only new to it all so I haven't had to deal with 10 pre-seasons," he said.

"I've had a few niggly injuries but I've got through them. I'm still feeling all right."
 
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i agree he is a great prop/ backrower now imagine how good he will be when he matures
 

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like his attitude.not a big head at all.its heartening to hear him say he wants to get better-good news for us(i alreadt thought he is one of our best ,most consistant performers!)
he will be dangerous if he gets to 112kg and plays like he does at the moment!!
 

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Good on him :)
He's gunna become a machine (even more so) ;)
If he's taking after Pricey, lets just hope he doesn't start breaking peoples knees with charge down attempts :p
 

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go dougy, very modest. in a fews years i think he'll be one of the best fowards in the game. he has an awesome defencive game and can ajust between front and 2nd row no worrries at all. very exciting and i hope we can hold on to him.
how long is he signed for?
 

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He is goin to develop into a great prop, hopefully one of the best in the game. Its good to know he doesnt have a big head unlike some in the NRL. Im hoping we can keep him at the club for many years to come.
 

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Absolute champion young player and with an attitude like that the only way he can go is up. An excellent role model he's chosen too in Steven Price. Hopefully when Price arrives in camp for the Roos Douglas hangs around him like a fly on sh!t and absorbs everything Price does and says.

If we let this kid slip from our grasp we WILL regret it.
 

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I was introduced to Dougie's brother at Yamba bowling club the other day, and he is only 18 and is almost a foot taller than him. He is a monster and has plenty of ability I'm told, could be another youngster we may look at.
 

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i reckon he will get a bench spot,ricky would push hard for that i reckon,the more experience he gets with class players like price and civo etc will only do the sharks well for next year.
 

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I was introduced to Dougie's brother at Yamba bowling club the other day, and he is only 18 and is almost a foot taller than him. He is a monster and has plenty of ability I'm told, could be another youngster we may look at.

my dad used to be on a team with their dad.
thats my story
 
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