Tyrone Amey will this Sunday make his NRL debut for the nib Newcastle Knights after spending six years working through the grades at the Club.
The 21-year-old diesel mechanic, who is a Reserve Grade regular, said he got the call earlier in the week and couldn’t believe it.
“I was at work having lunch and I nearly missed the call to be honest,” Amey laughed.
“Reserve Grade coach Simon Woolford said I won’t be playing semis, I’ll be playing first grade.
“I was shocked and surprised and I thought he was joking but it will be an honour to play, especially on Father’s Day and Old Boys Day, which is a big occasion.
“I am really happy and excited for the opportunity so can’t thanks the Knights enough.”
Four months ago, the young forward was playing for the Maitland Pickers and admits his debut will also be a special day for his family, especially his dad who himself played for Manly’s Reserve Grade.
“My old boy has been a bit crook so it will be a big day for him,” smiled Amey.
“He hasn’t been able to make a lot of games so I think they’re going to get him into the warm up with all the dads.”
At the Club since he was 15, Amey said he’s been working hard to progress through the grades.
“I had a few set-backs and a few injuries at the start of the year and fortunately Simon Woolford gave me a go and just progressed and got me here,” Amey commented.
“I have been doing a lot of hours and it is tough but I want to play footy for a living and I love the game, so I guess chasing your dreams is what motivates you.”
Amey will have to contend with a strong forward pack when the Knights take on the Sharks this Sunday, but he can’t wait.
“Paul Gallen and Andrew Fifita, they’re a massive pack and the reigning premiers so it is definitely going to be a massive challenge and I’m excited for it,” said the 21-year-old.
Amey becomes player number 288 for the Club when he runs out on Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Old Boys Day begins at 11.30am when gates open, before NYC kick-off at 11.45am and NRL at 2pm.