Rutherford artist Jakeob Watson chosen to design Manly Sea Eagles jerseys for NRL Indigeous Round

Jakeob Watson from Rutherford designed this year's jersey for the Manly Sea Eagles to wear in the Indigenous round of the NRL. Pictured with the jersey at McKeachie's Oval, Aberglasslyn. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
Jakeob Watson from Rutherford designed this year's jersey for the Manly Sea Eagles to wear in the Indigenous round of the NRL. Pictured with the jersey at McKeachie's Oval, Aberglasslyn. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MOST artists paint their works and hang them on the wall.

But, Rutherford’s Jakeob Watson saw his painting moving around Suncorp Stadium on the Manly Sea Eagles players during their clash with the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday.

The Aboriginal artist heard about the search for a designer to create Manly’s Indigenous Round jersey, and jumped at the chance.

Mr Watson has been painting regularly since 2009.

“I enjoy connecting, telling stories and teaching my kids through that process, about history and who we are,” he said.

“I was happy to see my painting on the jersey, it was amazing to see it and [to have] the feedback from all the players.”

While the father of five was proud of his contribution to the sport, he admitted he wasn’t a Manly supporter, but rather backed the North Queensland Cowboys.

But, the story his artwork shares involves more than just the two clubs.

“The one circle group represents the playing group, another is there to represent the family and friends of all the players, and the other is the supportive group for Manly,” he said.

Manly's Joel Thompson

Manly's Joel Thompson

“The little white circles represent the 15 other clubs within the NRL and the pathway shows the journey to travel and play thought the year.

“Then, the Sea Eagle is flying over and protecting and keeping an eye on everything.”

He had a tight deadline and created the work in about five days with the help of his fiancée Kiara Eulo.

It wasn’t his first jersey art though; he has also created some designs for local rounds.