PROMISING PLAYERS: South Burnett Eagles Ryley Drayton and Jack Sullivan featured in the Under 18s side at the central division 47th Battalion rugby league carnival.
PROMISING PLAYERS: South Burnett Eagles Ryley Drayton and Jack Sullivan featured in the Under 18s side at the central division 47th Battalion rugby league carnival. Jessica McGrath

Promising Eagles players soar at 47th Battalion

SOUTH Burnett Eagles were among the talented young players to showcase their skills at the central division 47th Battalion rugby league carnival in Murgon at the weekend.

Up-and-coming rugby league players Ryley Drayton and Jack Sullivan are in the Eagles' under-18s side.

Sullivan, from Nanango, said he was enjoying the competition.

"It's a great town and good to showcase good country footy," he said.

The Swickers worker said playing rugby league was an opportunity to make close friendships.

"I just love the game, I love the contact in it and you make great friends for life," he said.

Sullivan scored a try in the Eagles' second match of the carnival, whereas teammate Drayton scored six goals and two tries across the first two games.

Drayton, from Gayndah, scored a 100m intercept try in the Eagles' first match of the carnival.

"I love playing with my mates and making friends," he said.

The painter said his family was supportive of his love of league.

"If it wasn't for my parents, I wouldn't be playing footy," Drayton said.

"Their sacrifices gave me the opportunities. We're always travelling for games."

Both budding players aspire to make it into the NRL competition.