AROMA Coast teenager Wari Varage Junior (pictured) is another Papua New Guinean looking to make a name with the Penrith Panthers Under-20s Holden Cup rugby league competition this season.
Varage Jr left last Thursday to link up with his new club, after graduating through the Adrian Lam Foundation in 2010.
While the Roosters were keen to retain the 19-year-old, the Panthers bid to lure the young man to their fold was too good an offer to knock back.
He joins another promising talent in Wellington Albert, who is currently training with the PNG Hunters and first grader James Segeyaro.
For Varage Jnr, he was given a dream opportunity by the Adrian Lam Foundation to join the St George Illawara junior programme as a 15-year-old.
His dad, Wari Varage said his son was playing for the under 16 school team and also the open team.
“It was in 2012 and 2013 when Junior caught the eyes of Sydney Roosters and they recruited him to play for their SG ball team where he was playing fullback and centre,” he said.
He said the offer to go the Panthers was cemented by his team manager Sam Ayoub – the same manager who used to look after the affairs of lam and Marcus Bai during their playing years.
“The Panthers are paying for all his accommodation, transport, medical cover and all his school fees at the University of New South Wales,” he added.
Varage senior said that if his son does well within the next two years, he could make the top grade in the National Rugby League.
The young talent spent his Christmas and New Year break with his family at Wairavanua village, along the Aroma Coast in the Abau District.
Varage senior thanked Lam and his wife Anita and the late Aquila Emil for making his son’s dream come true.
He said his son was a true grassroots potential that had been given the opportunity of a lifetime to excel.
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