Emerging Bronco David Fifita has declared he wants to play for the Queensland Maroons in 2019.
Coming off an 11-game campaign for the Broncos last season, the 18-year old has set himself the goal of being named round one as well as earning his first Origin jersey in 2019.
“I always set goals and at the start of the pre-season I wrote down that to play Origin this year for Queensland and to play round one for the Broncs were my goals,” Fifita told NRL.com at the Emerging Maroons camp.
“I’ve been setting goals ever since I was 15 and every time I set the goals they have come true. I love to write them on the notepad on my phone, and look at them.”
Fifita has so far ticked off every other goal he’s set himself, captaining the Queensland under 15 side, Australian under 15 merit side, Murri under 16s and Queensland under 16s and under 18s teams.
And despite achieving so much over his junior career, the youngster insists he will continue to work hard to establish himself at the top level.
“The Broncos staff and all the boys keep me grounded, and my parents. It is my mum mainly. She is the reason why I do everything. There were some hard times growing up and she has always been by my side and driving me to training. So long as she is happy, I’m happy.
“Coming up through all the Queensland teams I always say it is a stepping stone … from the 15s, 16s, 18s and now here. To be in camp just shows what a good system it is and I am grateful to be part of it.
“My next goal to hopefully put the Maroons jersey on is going to be hard to do with the boys in front of me but if I can keep training hard one day hopefully the opportunity will come.”
Queensland coach Kevin Walter praised Fifita for his attitude despite needing to improve his game.
“I wouldn’t back against him. David wants to achieve things and is very ambitious and that is a great attitude to have,” Walters told NRL.com.
“We all have goals and aspirations and David saying he wants to play State of Origin this year is a good thing. It shows he wants to get better, and he needs to get better.”