Grayson on footy tour of England
SWANFELS footballer Lane Grayson has just arrived in England for a tour with the Mackay Rugby League Academy team.
Grayson moved to Mackay at the start of the school year to finish his final two years of secondary school at Mackay State High School and link with the academy.
Rugby league, netball and football are part of the Mackay High curriculum.
Grayson trains three times a week during school hours and plays two games a week against other academies in North Queensland.
On weekends, Grayson plays for the Souths (Mackay) club in the under-16 competition.
Souths lost the 2011 U16 preliminary final to Proserpine in golden point extra time.
As well as the official training, Grayson swims and goes to the gym for another six training sessions each week, a sign of a dedicated player who wants to make it in the NRL competition.
During the three-week tour of England, the team will visit London, Wakefield, Hull, Castleford and Leeds.
The academy team will play seven games in England on tour, with Grayson likely to play in the halves as well as hooker.
Grayson won an U12 premiership with Collegians, then played two seasons with Wattles before having a break from the sport when he rode steers and bulls.
He was second in the junior steer ride at the Warwick Rodeo last year.