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Norman not in a hurry

By Wayne Heming 30/06/2010 07:53:17 PM Comments (0)

Just being mentioned as a contender to take over Darren Lockyer's No.6 jumper would be enough to rattle most youngsters.

That is unless they are a laid back teenager with a great outlook on life and a preparedness to soak up everything they can and not get ahead of themselves.

Corey Norman, 18, is just such a teenager.

On Friday he'll fill in at five-eighth for Lockyer at Suncorp Stadium against the Wests Tigers as the Baby Broncos look to back up their round 14 win over South Sydney - a game in which Norman also wore the No.6 jersey.

Norman enjoyed a stunning game at fullback for Brisbane in the NRL season opener against the Cowboys, in scenes reminiscent of another Broncos teenager six years ago - Karmichael Hunt.

But as is often the case with young players, he couldn't back that performance up each week and ended up back in the Broncos under 20s side.

The Redcliffe youngster was reluctant to talk about one day playing in Lockyer's position, even though his admirers believe he has the ability to play NRL.

"I don't think about that (Lockyer's role) I'm just thinking about getting a spot in the team," Norman told AAP.

"It would be nice, awesome. Obviously it's my goal to play five-eighth for the Broncos."

The man who counts most, coach Ivan Henjak, has seen enough of Norman to be encouraged about his future with the Broncos.

"He's got a great attitude, that kid. He works really hard and a pleasure to have around," said Henjak who has launched the careers of a number of young players since replacing Wayne Bennett as coach in 2009.

"He's definitely a long-term hopeful for the five-eighth job - he's a hopeful for a lot of positions, he's got so much talent.

"I don't know how long Darren is going to be around for, but he's certainly one that we've got in mind for that position.

"He's still got a lot to learn but who better to learn off but one of the best."

Henjak said pressure would be an issue for Norman due to his laid back attitude.

"He's had to battle for everything he's got and that's a good thing, you build a lot of character with that," he said."

Norman said being part of Brisbane's young brigade, which includes fullback Josh Hoffman and winger Jharal Yow Yeh, was very exciting.

Brisbane face a big task to beat the Wests Tigers on Friday without strike players Lockyer, Sam Thaiday and Israel Folau due to Origin duty.

But Norman says everyone's confidence is up following last week's tough 10-6 win over the Eels at Parramatta.

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