Cowboys snatch Goodna player

NRL DREAM: Maranatha Raeli, 14 has just been accepted into the Cowboys to play NRL.
NRL DREAM: Maranatha Raeli, 14 has just been accepted into the Cowboys to play NRL.

A 14-year-old Goodna teen has signed a contract with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Maranatha Raeli scored the opportunity after he was selected in the under 15 Queensland squad at Metropolitan West for the Queensland Rugby League Championships in Toowoomba earlier this month.

The three year scholarship contract was a dream come true according to the Brothers League second row lock.

"It was a blessing, I was overwhelmed," Raeli said.

"I was just there to try out for the Queensland squad and the recruitment manager for the Cowboys asked if I would like to sign a contract with them."

Raeli was recruited into the under 16 Cowboys squad and started training on Monday in Brisbane.

During the Christmas break he will fly to Townsville for a two-week players' camp.

The contract included a scholarship to help pay for training and $30,000 towards Raeli's senior schooling at St Joseph's Nudgee College next year.

"I was aiming for the Broncos, but I will take any opportunity I can get," Raeli said.

His father Andrew said Raeli first started playing Rugby League five years ago.

"Maranatha lives for football," he said.

"He has been trying his best to get to this level and this year he's made the under 15 Queensland squad and signed a contract with the Cowboys.

"We are so proud of him."

The Westside Christian College student will train once a month with the Cowboys.

Raeli also represented Queensland in Discuss at the National Athletics Championship in Sydney earlier this year.

"His favourite sport though is Rugby League," Mr Raeli said.

"He's always wanted to be a professional Rugby League player."

Brothers player Carter Auld was also signed up to the under 16 Cowboys team.

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