Granville ready for whatever Broncos throw up
BRISBANE Broncos hooker Jake Granville does not know whether pre-game nerves will lead to him vomiting before games this year.
The 24-year-old went on the record last year, just prior to making his NRL debut, as saying he "usually has a bit of a spit" before taking the field for Wynnum-Manly in the Intrust Super Cup.
But, the apprentice carpenter has admitted to being a little nervous about a gruelling Broncos team camp, which will be held on the Sunshine Coast this week.
Under the watch of new Broncos performance boss and hard nut Alex Corvo, the players are set to be pushed to the limits.
"I think they (strength and conditioning staff) are trying to trick us with the program they've set up,'' he said. "There'll probably be a few sneaky sessions in there somewhere.
"But, it'll be good to get away with the boys for three or four days."
Granville is continually on a learning curve - as well as his apprenticeship as a carpenter he is learning the trade at hooker from one of the fittest No.9s in the competition - Andrew McCullough.
Granville said playing for the Broncos beat working as a "chippie" full-time, but in a sign that his teammates are being pushed harder than ever this year under Corvo, that was not always the case.
"Yeah, some days (playing football is better). It depends on the training," he said with a chuckle.
"But it's definitely good to just concentrate on my footy.
"He (McCullough) has been pretty helpful ... he's helped me with my kicking a fair bit. It's good to learn off a player like that."
Granville, who played two games for Brisbane in his debut season last year, admitted the more kicking tips he got off McCullough, the better it was for him.
"It's probably a weakness of my game, but I'll keep working at it," Granville said.
That is just as well, seeing he could be kicking to speedy outside-back recruits including Daniel Vidot and Ben Barba this year.
Those gains should hold the team in good stead for the inaugural Auckland Nines competition from February 15-16.
"There are a few nippy backs out there, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they go," Granville said.
"I don't know (if I'll get picked for the Nines). I'll just train hard this week at camp and see what happens."