Back-to-back titles the aim for Anderson and Bulls
TOUCH: Bundaberg's Mitchell Anderson says he doesn't feel the pressure that is about to be applied to him.
The talented teenager has been selected for the Central Queensland Bulls A squad to compete at the national titles next year at Coffs Harbour just like the CQ Bulls B squad (left).
Anderson enters the men's T League event, open to those players 20 and under, with a target on his back.
He will be the only player from Bundaberg in the side as it looks to defend its title after beating South Queensland this year.
"We've pretty much got the same bunch of boys in the team,” Anderson said.
"We're all planning on working really hard to get down there and take out the title again.”
Anderson will train mostly by himself to prepare for the event with most of his teammates based in Rockhampton.
"I deal with my coach a lot and he tells me what he wants me to do,” he said.
"I've been in the rep system for a few years now so I know what to do to be ready for the carnival.”
Anderson knows how important that will be to his role in the team.
He plays through the middle during matches and is usually involved in most plays that leads to the team either scoring or defending tries.
"Everything is targeted at me, so I have to do everything I can to make sure I don't let the team down,” he said.
"It is just conducting ourselves professionally and doing the work off the field to make it happen.
"We're representing our region, which we are proud to do.”
That includes slugging it out during the long hot summer to be ready.
"The biggest thing for us is our fitness,” he said.
"It is a four-day carnival so if we've still got gas in the tank we know we're ready to go.
"That's what we really target off the field.”
The titles will run from March 7-10.