Podcast: Crazy week behind Ross’ NRL debut

It was late July in 2015.

Rick Stone had recently left the Club and Danny Buderus stepped in as interim coach.

During Buderus' first week with the clipboard, Nathan Ross was training part-time, still working in the mines on his recovery days.

It was throughout the course of this week that Ross found out that he would be making his long-awaited NRL debut.

"It was a Tuesday morning, Danny rang me and he's like, 'Mate, I need you to come to training'," Ross told the Our Town Our Team podcast.

Ross told him he needed to be at work to which Buderus replied; "Mate, just get to training, you could be a chance".

Ross phoned his work and headed to training but on the link road from Belmont to Mayfield, his car "blew up".


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Stranded and in need of a lift, he called a friend to get him to training.

After the session, Buderus fronted the media.

Ross says Buderus was "hounded by the media" who were desperate to know if Ross would play that weekend.

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As this was happening, the winger was preparing to jump in the ice bath when Buderus found him and told him; "Rossy, you've got to go face the media.

"I just told them you're debuting this weekend."

Ecstatic, Ross went over to the conference with the biggest smile on his face.

"I still remember some of the questions like 'Are you nervous?'," he recalled.

"I'm not nervous, I'm just excited. I've been waiting to do this my whole life.


"My quote was, and it's something that I live by today, 'There's no reason for me to be nervous, it's the same size field, it's the same shape ball, same amount of time out there on the oval. I've done this a thousand times. I'm ready for this'."

While so may have thought he'd be a one-game wonder, through belief, desire, good coaches and positive role models around the Knights, he's made rugby league his career.

He tries to take a bit of good from every player he comes across because "they're obviously playing in the NRL for a reason."

At this point in time, he still sees himself as growing and wants to learn as much as possible so whatever knowledge he does learn, he can pass on to the next generation.

"I've been working closely with Cory Denniss since he's been in the centers, more so about confidence within himself," he revealed.

"It's a dream come true, I still get butterflies when I think about it. I'm extremely lucky to be in the situation I'm in."

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