Selection 'a shock'

FORMER Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles rugby league player Drew Hutchison admits to being shocked upon finding out he was selected in a 37-man squad for last weekend's 2014 under-20s Origin Pathway Camp at Narrabeen.

The 18-year-old five-eighth was excited about his selection, which he found out about via Facebook.

"I didn't know the squad was being picked, but am really looking forward to attending," he said last week.

"I think it will be a lot of educational type stuff and also a couple of field sessions with NSW Origin coach Laurie Daley, so it should be a pretty interesting weekend."

The former Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles junior is no stranger to representative honours, having played for South Coast Group 7 representative sides before being selected in Illawarra Steelers' Harold Matthews and SG Ball representative teams to take part in the NSW Rugby League junior representative program.

He captained NSW under-16s to a win over Queensland in 2011, and despite being one of the youngest in the Blues under-18 squad, retained the pivot spot as his side blitzed the Maroons for back-to-back wins.

Despite claiming a regular spot in the St George Illawarra Holden Cup team in 2013, again at five-eighth, the season didn't end well, a shoulder injury requiring surgery.

"The injury needed a complete shoulder reconstruction and was really painful and, to be honest, took a lot more time to recover than I expected," he said.

"But I am now back in full training with the 20s and keen to regain my fitness in time for the start of the 2014 competition.

"We are training four afternoons a week and every second weekend, so things are pretty hectic at the moment."

Hutchison is keen not to get too far ahead of himself as far as making the Dragons' top side, realising he will have to bide his time.

"The Dragons have signed a couple of new halves this year and I certainly don't want to rush things.

"My first priority will be to get back on the field and play well for the 20s. Perhaps there might eventually be a chance to play a couple of games for the Cutters [the Dragons' NSW Cup team]."

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