Vaughan Sacrifices Holiday to Chase Ultimate Dream
Most twenty one year olds would jump at the chance to enjoy a holiday in Bali for the New Years Eve festivities but for budding Canberra Raiders star, Paul Vaughan, the chance to chase his dream is a more than adequate replacement.
After enjoying a stellar start to his career through his monstrous performances in the Toyota Cup, Vaughan is at the next hurdle in his bid to done the lime green of the Canberra Raiders in the NRL.
The Gungahlin Bulls junior was recently added to the fulltime first grade training squad and is going through the toughest pre season he has ever had to encounter.
“I’ve had to cancel my trip to Bali because it would have interfered with my training schedule. Hopefully it will all pay off but I’m more than happy to make these sacrifices to chase my dream,” Vaughan said.
“It has been very tough stepping up to first grade training for the first time this year. I didn’t really know what to expect but it’s been a really good learning curve.”
“It’s a really tough step up. The intensity in training picks up massively and it really is a big step up from 20s. I’ve just got to get used to it though and just keep training hard.”
The Raiders pack is littered with seasoned representative forwards who are more than happy to impart their wisdom onto the next batch of exciting young forward prospects in the Nation’s Capital. Something which Vaughan plans to take full advantage of.
“The big boys in the forwards have been showing the younger guys a few things on and off the field which has been really beneficial. Whitey [Brett White] and Tommy Learoyd-Lahrs in particular have been fantastic because they’ve been around the game for so long and they’re rep players too so it’s great that we’re able to learn off some of the best in the business.”
The 108kg second rower is set to be a prominent member of the Mounties club this year in the NSW Cup. The relationship between Mounties and the Raiders is designed to refine several promising Toyota Cup graduates into first grade worthy footballers.
“I can’t wait to play with Mounties. I want to have a really good year with Mounties and go from there. The NSW Cup is really good because it’s full of players with first grade experience so it’s good competition to test where you’re at and to see how you go against those players. I think it’s going to be a successful relationship between them and the Raiders.”Source: Raiders.com.au