Macdonald backs Olam

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Papua New Guinea rugby league international Nene Macdonald says fellow PNG Kumuls teammate and current Melbourne Storm centre Justin Olam deserves to be extending his (Olam) professional NRL playing career. Both Macdonald and Olam were impressive back then during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. Their inclusion in both centres and wing proves to be yet again another NRL experience attacking boost for Kumuls. Now with Macdonald recovering from injury he suffered in an incident, Kumuls coach Michael Marum believes he (Macdonald) knows what it takes to be back into the top NRL side. Macdonald was able to give his comments relating to his fellow teammate’s (Olam) two-year-contract extension with Melbourne Storm. “Justin deserves to re-sign (to stay on with Melbourne Storm). He worked, he trained hard. “He didn’t just show up, he went into one of the hardest NRL systems put his head down, dreamt big and now look at him. Proud of him as a brother and I wish many more years to come for him,” said Macdonald. Olam’s re-signing of his contract will see him continue to live in Victoria and play for the Craig Bellamy Melbourne Storm-coached side. He (Olam) is one of those Papua New Guinea international rugby league players who always dream big and work hard to achieve their goals. Asked to give his advice to fellow rugby league raising talents, Macdonald said do not stop believing and playing including making right decisions to stay away from drinking (alcohol) and smoking. “Advice to young PNG kids, don’t stop believing, don’t stop playing but you gotta make the right decision stay away from drink and smoking.” “Instead you and your friends grab a footy go play and I’ll try my hardest to keep getting managers and scouts up there to give you young boys opportunities to come over and play in the top leagues,” said Macdonald.last_img read more