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League convert Kemp sets sights high

Adrian Warren 20/04/2011 01:53:22 PM Comments (0)

League convert Denan Kemp is hoping he can emulate former Brisbane Broncos teammate Rod Davies' stunning transition to rugby union.

Kemp, 23, is starting out at club and Sevens levels with the ultimate hope of landing a Super Rugby contract.

He is currently in camp with the Australian Sevens squad in Sydney, and wants to break into the side for season-ending tournaments in Edinburgh and London.

Kemp and Queensland Reds speedster Davies, who made the Wallabies Spring tour squad last year, played together at the Broncos.

"We were always at each other about our speed and we were always pretty close with that," Kemp told AAP.

"He's been extremely successful so I feel like we're pretty similar players and hopefully I can be, too."

Kemp was poised to sign with Super side Melbourne, but the deal fell through with the Rebels landing Waratah's star Kurtley Beale.

Kemp was philosophical about Melbourne's decision but believed it might still work in his favour.

"I thought I would be in Melbourne, but for whatever the reasons it's happened and it's something I'm not going to dwell on," Kemp said

"I'm happy here in the Sevens. (I am) speaking to (Sydney club) Southern Districts, they are accommodating too."

Kemp said his management had been in contact with a number of Super clubs, including the Waratahs where his friend, Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell, is stationed.

Australian Sevens coach Michael O'Connor was impressed by Kemp's athleticism, but conceded it could be a gamble to rush him straight into the squad for the two tournaments in Britain.

"We want to take him to our next couple of camps and we will have some internal scratch matches so we will have an opportunity to have a look where he is at," O'Connor told AAP.

"There's no reason why he can't (make the squad), but he's certainly coming from a long way back. These aren't the sorts of tournaments you want to take inexperienced players on, you would rather do that at a lower level, so it could be very risky, but in saying that you never say never."

Kemp said he was ready to play despite suffering a broken nose in his last league game the weekend before last.

He said he would ultimately like to play at fullback in union but would probably start off on the wing ... and might also take on goal kicking duties - a role he occasionally had in league.

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