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Homework comes first for Eels youngster

By Ed Jackson 29/09/2009 06:33:17 PM Comments (0)

The prospect of a late call-up to play in Sunday's NRL grand final is not the only thing on Parramatta youngster Broderick Wright's mind this week.

The 22-year-old, who has made 12 appearances for the Eels this season, will find himself taking on Melbourne at ANZ Stadium this weekend if Parramatta skipper Nathan Cayless is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

But news that a decision on Cayless won't be made until Saturday is likely to disrupt more than just Wright's on-field preparations.

"I go to university in the city ... doing a Bachelor of Business but it's quite good because I've had a few things to take my mind off football," Wright said.

"I've got a couple of big assessments coming up so I've got to make sure I get them done before the end of the week.

"They're actually due at the end of next week but I've got to try and get them done because I don't think I'll have much time if we win the grand final.

"I don't want to go crowd-surfing at the leagues club with my laptop in my left hand."

Wright admits his scenario is not ideal, but he's just excited to have even a sniff of an opportunity at playing in the grand final.

And should he have to step in for Cayless, his excitement will be tempered by the fact one of the Eels' favourite sons has missed out.

"It's a weird feeling, we're good mates and I sort of see him (Cayless) as a role-model," Wright said.

"As I've come through the ranks he's always been the captain and since I've got in the first grade squad he's sort of taken us under his wing a little bit.

Should the Eels win, Wright was hoping Eels chief executive Paul Osborne would make extra premiership rings for players who missed out on the grand final.

"He (Cayless) deserves a ring more than anyone so I'd be more than happy to give him my ring, he'd be the first person I'd go to seek out after the game if I was to play."

And although Wright was part of the Eels team which beat the Storm 18-16 at Parramatta Stadium in round 19 this year, he wasn't sure how he would handle the occasion should he get a call-up.

"I've played a bit of first grade but of course, this is the biggest game of the year," he said.

"I've never been in one before so I can't answer that question. I'm just going to approach it like every other game. This week is going to be a big week.

"If anything it sort of takes a bit of pressure off your shoulders because you're not really thinking about it.

"I'm sure if I find out I'm playing then it'll be a different game altogether but right now it's business as usual."

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