First steps for our NYC rookies

The new breed of North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have begun their official induction into life as NYC under-20s players.


The first-year Cowboys were on the Gold Coast over the weekend taking part in the annual Rookie Camp at Bond University which started on Friday night.


It is the first of three camps to be held over the next fortnight involving more than 200 players from all 16 NRL clubs who will be entering the under-20s in 2014 - some of them having just completed their secondary school studies, while others are university students and apprentices.


ARL Commissioner Dr Chris Sarra and recently retired Queensland State of Origin representatives Michael Crocker and Ben Ross headline the induction program that gives players extensive training in media, cultural awareness, drugs and alcohol issues, social media, money matters, community work, social responsibility and personal presentation.


Last weekends camp also involved players from the Titans, Broncos, Raiders and Knights.