T has cost him an overseas trip, however, Taree’s Drey Mercy will make his debut with the Sydney Roosters in the opening round of the Harold Matthews Shield (under 16) rugby league competition on Saturday at Henson Park.
The strongly built second rower or centre will be starting for the Roosters in the clash against Canterbury. However, if he wasn’t playing footy, he’d be in the Philippines on a holiday with his mum, Rheyleen. That was the game plan until the Roosters intervened. Football will take first priority over a holiday.
Drey has been training with the squad during the summer and is looking forward to making his debut for the Tri-colours. He was signed following trials early last year and has linked with the glamour club for two seasons.
Drey started playing rugby league when he was seven with Taree Red Rovers. He has been a regular in Group Three representative sides in recent seasons and had been named in the North Coast Dolphins under 16s to play in this year’s Country Championships. However, he’ll have to bypass the championships because of commitments with the Roosters.
Drey will return to the Rovers once the Harold Matt season is finished. The last round is scheduled for April 7 and 8 with the grand final on Saturday May 5. He’ll stay at his Taree home and head to Sydney on weekends for matches.