Despite playing just three NRL games, GIO City Origin selectors have seen the potential in young Sharks hooker Michael Lichaa and called him into the squad as 18th man ahead of the match against Country on Sunday.
A local junior from the Cronulla Caringbah and Yarrawarrah clubs, Lichaa came through the Sharks junior rep ranks, before moving on to play in the NYC where he twice represented the NSW Under 20’s Origin team and the Junior Kangaroos.
He has impressed in his stints in the Sharks top grade side so far, with his impact getting greater with each outing.
Lichaa completed a field and weights session earlier today with the Sharks before rushing off to pack his gear after being informed of his selection. He will go straight into camp in Penrith later this afternoon in joining the City squad, which is to be coached by Brad Fittler.
“It’s massive,” said an understandably thrilled Lichaa. “I’m only 18th man and might not get to play but it’s a great opportunity to be able to go into camp and learn from the guys who are in the squad.
“I’m excited and looking forward to it.”
Lichaa joins a team which includes club teammates Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham, along with experienced campaigners and proven performers such as Josh Reynolds, Wil Hopoate and City team captain Ryan Hoffman.
From their training camp in Penrith the City Origin boys will head to Dubbo on Thursday, ahead of the match against Country Origin scheduled to be played on Sunday.
“Never been to Dubbo, so that should be interesting too,” Lichaa added.
Not sure it really matters where the game is being held, one young Shark will be excited to be there and to be a part of it, whatever the venue.