KAWANA man-mountain Sean Young says he could not ask for a better environment in which to serve his apprenticeship than under arguably the NRL's best props James Tamou and Matt Scott.
The highly touted front-rower has signed with the North Queensland Cowboys under-20s side, an opportunity which will allow him to hone his craft alongside the Townsville club's five-star pack.
The 18-year-old will in two weeks move to North Queensland to begin pre-season training in preparation for 2013.
The Cowboys trainers have told him they hope to transform him physically and his first order is to "get bigger" - a scary notion when you take into account he already stands at 1.95m, tips the scales at 112kg and is still growing.
While his size is daunting, he also possesses ball skills which belie his massive frame, deft foot work and he was toying with the idea of one day pushing into the back row.
He credited his manager, former Canberra Raider Clinton Schifcofske, with having an integral role in him linking with North Queensland.
Young was signed to the Cowboys after impressing for the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in a Mal Meninga Cup under-18s clash in Townsville earlier in the year.
Prior to agreeing to join the Cowboys, he also courted offers from the Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders.
At the Cowboys he will have the chance to train alongside the side's first grade squad which boasts the likes of Tamou, Scott, Dallas Johnson, Tariq and Ashton Sims, Gavin Cooper and Glenn Hall in its pack.
While obviously thrilled with fulfilling a long-held dream of signing with an NRL club, he said the prospect of learning from one of the best forward units in the game made it an even more exciting prospect.
"I can't wait, I'm very keen to get there and learn from guys like James Tamou and Matt Scott," he said.
"I'm just going to go up there, try my hardest and hopefully crack the 20s team."
Young played at the Kawana Dolphins from under-8s, winning premierships with the club in under-14s, under-15s and under-16s before capping his time at Stockland Park with this year's under-18s title.
He scored two tries for the Dolphins under-18s in their recent grand final win, with coach Sam Elvy describing Young as a big part of their undefeated 2012 season.
Elvy said Young's signing was just reward after pushing himself to a higher level this year.
"He's a big boy, I've coached him for the last two years and he's only got better," Elvy said.
"He's put a lot of effort in, he really wanted to do something with footy, he really wanted to make it. He's put in the hard work and it's paid off."
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