Maitland junior Jesse Cronin continued his stellar year by being named in the Australian Schoolboys rugby league team.
Cronin was named in the team after his NSW Combined High Schools team beat NSW Combined Catholic Colleges 41-10 in the final of Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League titles last week.
It’s been a huge year for Cronin who played with the Parramatta Eels the SG Ball Cup winning team which went on to beat Queensland’s Western Mustangs in the national under-18 title.
Cronin will tour New Zealand with the Aussie Schoolboys later this year and will now set his sights on earning a place in the Eels under-20 National Youth League team.
The 18-year-old, who attends Hills Sports High School after moving to Parramatta at the start of the year, is contracted to Parramatta through to the end of Under-20s in 2019.
He said the club wanted him to concentrate on making the Australian Schoolboys team before getting a run in the Under-20 team.
“The coaching staff have been terrific in helping me with my game and setting goals,” he said.