EARLY SIGNS: Lindon McGrady shows his attacking flair while playing with the Toowoomba Clydesdales under-20s.
EARLY SIGNS: Lindon McGrady shows his attacking flair while playing with the Toowoomba Clydesdales under-20s. Kevin Farmer

McGrady extending stay with Bulldogs

GOONDIWINDI talent Lindon McGrady will get the chance to learn from a State of Origin halves pairing after extending his stay with the Bulldogs.

McGrady will train full time with the Bulldogs from next season in a big boost to the young playmaker's career.

The former Goondiwindi Boar and Toowoomba Clydesdales under-20s star moved to Belmore for the 2013 season and played one under-20 game and spent this year with the club's NSW Cup squad.

He impressed and will hope to do so again next season.

"I'm staying there for another two years. I'm training full time with them," McGrady said. "I'm stoked really.

"This year I've been in NSW Cup. I was going alright. I was playing pretty well."

McGrady will be behind victorious New South Wales State of Origin halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds in the pecking order at the Bulldogs and is bound to have to work on his game in NSW Cup.

But the chance to train alongside the representative players could have an influence on McGrady's game.

"I should learn a lot I reckon," he said.

The McGrady name is no stranger to Bulldogs squads as Lindon's uncle Ewan McGrady won the 1991 Rothmans Medal while playing at Belmore.

Lindon played with the Clydesdales under-20s in 2012 and was the squad's player's player for the inaugural season in the FOGS Cup Colts Challenge.

Divided loyalties

The Bulldogs will take on the Panthers tomorrow night in the NRL preliminary final and Lindon McGrady has a foot in both camps.

McGrady has extended his stay with the Bulldogs as he prepares to train full-time with the club next season.

But his club will battle with the team he supported in his younger days for a place in this year's NRL grand final.



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