TRAIN: Bundaberg's Jesse Marschke trains during the Queensland U20 emerging squad camp last week at Griffith University in Brisbane
TRAIN: Bundaberg's Jesse Marschke trains during the Queensland U20 emerging squad camp last week at Griffith University in Brisbane Queensland Rugby League

Proud to wear maroon: Marschke trains with squad

BUNDABERG'S Jesse Marschke is hoping the past week won't be the last time he wears the famous maroon.

Over four days last week the Sydney Roosters U20 half-back has been training in a Queensland U20 State of Origin emerging camp, learning and improving on his game from former Maroon greats Scott Prince and Justin Hodges as well as coach Kurt Wrigley.

Marschke said it was an amazing feeling and experience to put on the state's colours.

"It's probably one of the best feelings in the world,” he told QRL TV.

"It's been good - the boys have gelled really well together.”

Marschke said learning from some of the best players in the game was one of his highlights of the camp.

"It's unbelievable having them as our coaches,” he said.

"They provide good advice on and off the field so it's good.”

After winning the National Youth Competition with the Roosters last year, the former Eastern Suburbs and The Waves player will feature again for the club in the competition this season.

Marschke said he had already set out his goals for the new year.

"I hope to make this year a good year,” he said.

"(We've) got a good looking squad this year, similar to last year.

"(The aim is to) take out the competition again.”

The new year has also allowed the 19-year-old to reflect on their incredible grand final victory.

Coming back from 22 points down at one stage, Marschke said a half-time talk inspired the side against the Penrith Panthers.

"We walked in at half time and I remember Barnesy (Anthony Barnes) our coach sort of started off a bit quiet there and then sort of gave us a bit of a revving,” he said.

"We come out scored a couple of quick ones on them and then got the comeback, so it was good.

"(The win) didn't kick in until two weeks after that.”

Marschke will now train for his club and prepare for the Roosters' first match of the season on March 4.



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