Robust, skilful and competitive, with a build somewhat resembling that of Sharks skipper Paul Gallen, young lock Billy Magoulias has it all in front of him in 2019.
Magoulias arrived from the St George district to play for Cronulla Caringbah in the local junior league, with his talents immediately recognised by Sharks recruitment and development staff.
Coming through the grades he went from Sharks Mathews Cup and SG Ball, to NYC and under 20's, Magoulias deemed good enough to represent NSW Under 20's Origin, before he made the step up to the Jets, playing an integral role in Newtown winning their way through to the Intrust Super Premiership Grand Final.
The challenge now is whether Magoulias can make the transition to the top grade and to make his mark in the NRL. A lock, sometimes five eighth, Magoulias carries the ball strongly, and possesses a clever passing game, one good enough to have him considered as a bench utility and a potential dummy half substitute in 2019.
Spies at training report Magoulias has been spending plenty of time at hooker and with another string to his bow, it only enhances the possibility of him debuting in the NRL at the Sharks next season.
Sharks media caught up with Magoulias for this instalment in the 'under the surface' series, asking him a range of questions, some serious and a few for the fun of it, as we get to know your 2019 Sharks squad.
Born – January 23, 1997, Sydney
Position – Lock/second row
Height – 180cm
Weight – 100kgs
NRL games – Yet to play in the NRL