Campbelltown product to make NRL debut

In the spotlight: Local prodigy set for NRL debut. Picture: Supplied by the Canterbury Bulldogs
In the spotlight: Local prodigy set for NRL debut. Picture: Supplied by the Canterbury Bulldogs

James Tedesco, Jarryd Hayne, Israel Folau, Ryan Hoffman and Chris Lawrence.

They are just a few of the many former Macarthur junior rugby league players who have gone onto play NRL.

On Friday night Canterbury Bulldogs young-gun Marcelo Montoya will be added to that list.

The former Macarthur Saints Junior Rugby League Club player and former Rosemeadow Public School student will make his debut for the Bulldogs against the New Zealand Warriors across the Tasman in Dunedin.

The 21-year-old impressed club insiders in the pre-season and will be one of two Canterbury debutantes – alongside fullback Brad Abbey.

Macarthur Saints president Richard Jaschke said the club was excited to have a junior make his NRL debut.

“The Macarthur Saints are definitely proud to have a local junior make their debut,” he said.

Bulldogs back rower Josh Jackson addressed the media before the team boarded the plane for New Zealand and said he was excited to see Montoya take the field for his debut.

“He’s really good Marcelo – he’s a really energetic sort of guy,” he said.

“He’s really strong and he’s one of those guys who came up from the 20s in the pre-season, trained unbelievably well and forced (coach) Des (Hasler) to pick him.” 

Montoya was born in Fiji and has represented his birth country in one test.