Cherbourg junior eyes a career in the NRL
THE speed and agility of Cherbourg’s Darron Saltner-Bligh have caught the eye of rugby league selectors.
The 18-year-old is currently training with the Under 20s Ispwich Jets side and is confident he has what it takes to make the final selection in the lead up to the 2020 season.
With relatives of the calibre of former Broncos flyer Steve Renouf (Pop) and former Jets star, Marc Saltner (Uncle), the former Hornets star is in good hands.
“They tell me to play my own game,” he said.
“Just have fun and back myself.”
The teenager played in the SBRL A Grade final for Cherbourg this year where he faced up against is uncle.
“It is one of the best memories I have,” he said.
The selection with the Queensland Cup side comes after a stellar season in the South Burnett.
Saltner-Bligh, who played in the centres for the U18s South Burnett Eagles, was the highest try scorer in the Toowoomba Rugby League.
“I scored 24 tries this year,” he said.
He hoped to emulate his favourite player, James Roberts, aka Jimmy the Jet, and one day have a career in the big league.
“My goal is to see how far I can go,” he said.
“Hopefully I will get to the NRL some day.
“It would be a dream come true.”
The talented centre, who turned 18 earlier this month, was both excited and nervous about starting pre-season training.
“I am a bit scared,” he said.
“We will probably do a bit of gym and then go out on the field.”
Saltner-Bligh has a strong bond with family and thanks his grandad for helping to raise him.
“My grandad, Lindsay Bligh raised me and he helped me through a lot and helped me with advice.”