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8 April, 2021

Cain a step closer to dream

MAREEBA’S Cain Hastie has taken one step further in realising his dream of playing in the NRL after being selected to train in the North Queensland Cowboys Cairns Academy.

By Rhys Thomas

Cain Hastie has taken one step closer towards his dream of playing for the North Queensland Cowboys after being selected for their Cairns Academy on a four year contract

MAREEBA’S Cain Hastie has taken one step further in realising his dream of playing in the NRL after being selected to train in the North Queensland Cowboys Cairns Academy.

Under a four-year contract Cain, a year 11 student at Mareeba High, will continue to play with the Mareeba Gladiators and receive training from both the Northern Pride and now the North Queensland Cowboys.

Cain will stay at school and continue to play locally in 2022 and 2023, he will then additionally train with the Elite Emerging Academy in Townsville.

If everything goes smoothly and according to his plan, Cain may see himself in the lineup for the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns side, staying in Townsville whilst studying and playing locally. 

Cain is over the moon about his opportunity and the chance to possibly play for his favourite team in the future, a fact he is still struggling to come to terms with. 

“I’m still trying to get over the fact that this is really happening, I’m really going to do it,” he said.

“I’m very excited and keen to get started with the program. 

“It’s always been what I’ve wanted to do, to play for my favourite club and train with them. 

“I’m excited to see how good I can get at football and all the skills I can pick up along the way.” 

If Cain can rise to the challenge his dreams of one day playing in the NRL may become a reality with him donning the blue white and gold of the Cowboys.

“There aren’t many people from Mareeba who have made it,” Cain said.

“Me and a couple others are the only ones from Mareeba so it’s exciting.” 

Kyan Sheppard and Bryce Fincham have also been selected as a part of the North Queensland Cowboys Cairns Academy with the prospect of further development on the horizon.


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