THE BRISBANE Broncos could turn to Redcliffe high school teacher Mick Roberts as a possible dummy-half option next season.
Roberts, the reigning Queensland Wizard Cup player of the year, is training three days a week with the NRL premiers, who view him as a potential back-up to first choice hookers Michael Ennis and Shaun Berrigan.
The 27-year-old has played nearly 200 Wizard Cup games for Redcliffe, but only switched to dummy-half from halfback 18 months ago.
Roberts developed a fine understanding with Broncos playmaker and former Dolphin Shane Perry at Redcliffe and the pair might get to showcase their combination around Origin time.
Roberts said he was thrilled to have been given an opportunity with the Broncos after banging on doors of NRL clubs for nine seasons.
"It�s been good fun,� he said.
"I�m really excited. It�s just great to have finally got a go.
"I really enjoy playing dummy-half because you get first touch of the ball, you choose which way to go and you just play what�s in front of you.�
Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin had �no doubt� Roberts could be a hit in the NRL.
"He�s very smart, understands the requirements and he�s still got his best years ahead of him,� Griffin said.
The Broncos, under performance director Dean Benton, are into their second week of pre-season training.
Courtesy of the Courier-Mail / By Mick Daly