Just a half-hour drive from his junior rugby league club, Broncos halfback Sean O’Sullivan will make his club debut against the Parramatta Eels on Saturday night.
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold says the time is right for off-season recruit Sean O’Sullivan to make his debut after proving himself in the Intrust Super Cup.
The 20-year-old western Sydney junior will on Saturday night go from being a Glenmore Park Brumbies junior to a Brisbane Broncos NRL debutant when they play Parramatta at Bankwest Stadium — the brand new field just a half-hour’s drive from his junior home ground.
O’Sullivan has served his apprenticeship at Norths Devils since signing a two-year contract with the Broncos in August last year and has steered the club to a top four berth on the back of his playmaking ability.
The young halfback has been praised by his Broncos teammates and coaching staff as he prepares to fill in for injured teen sensation Tom Dearden.
Seibold said O’Sullivan had proved himself ready following a month of standout performances for the Devils.
“He’s been really consistent particularly for the past four or five games for Norths,” Seibold said.
“I’ve spoken to (Norths coach) Rohan Smith and he agrees with me that O’Sullivan is in a better position to take his opportunity now than probably five or six weeks ago.”
O’Sullivan will run on alongside several familiar faces, including brother-in-law Matt Lodge and Junior Kangaroos teammate Patrick Carrigan.
Carrigan said the youngster will be the perfect complement to five-eighth Anthony Milford’s running game.
“He’s a vocal half and he’ll be really good on that right side,” Carrigan said.
“Seany is a big talker which will be good for Milly (Milford) to share the responsibility a bit and let Milly play eyes-up footy.
“Seany knows what he has to do and he’ll just do his job for us.
“Anytime a young fella gets their chance in first grade they want to do a good job.
“He’ll be good going back down to western Sydney.”
It will be O’Sullivan’s first game back in the NRL since joining the Broncos 302 days ago but Seibold said that wasn’t a concern.
“It’s probably been a bit frustrating for him because he’s wanted an opportunity and he came to the club for an opportunity but it’s his time in the jersey now and looking forward to seeing what he can do,” he said.
“I don’t think there will be (problems with combinations).
“He’s been at the club even before I arrived and he did a whole heap of wraps with the NRL team over the pre-season.
He’s got a really good understanding of footy. He’s a smart young fella. We don’t see any concerns there.”