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globalrugbyleague - Wed, 12 Dec 2007 06:23:00 GMT

Twelve months ago Joel Romelo was in England representing the AIS on the AIS/ARL tour of France & the UK, and he was a student at the highly rated Redcliffe State High School in Brisbane.
Fast forward to December '07 and Joel was back in England smashing poms, this time as a member of the panthers National Unders 20's squad.
Joel and the rest of the awesome Panthers were in England for 3 trial matches.
2007 was a mixed year for young Joel, having left his home in Brisbane, he moved south to the Sutherland Shire to play for the Cronulla Sharks.
After a bit of a shakey start to the season, Joel finally found his form towards the end of the Jersey Flegg season, only to injure his wrist and hand. No, it was a footy injury.
But no worries, Joel got his injury fixed as good as gold and moved out west to Panthers territory & everything is great.
Joel was good enough to allow ourfootyteam.com to interview him on his way home from training on Tuesday night.

HI JOEL, HOW ARE YOU GOING?
I'm good mate
WHY DID YOU TRANSFER TO THE PANTHERS FROM THE SHARKS?
Ah, they're a stronger side and Cronulla didn't have much to offer.
ARE YOU ENJOYING YOURSELF AT THE PANTHERS?
Yes mate, i'm loving it
YOU BOYS HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM ENGLAND, WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT?
We had 3 trial games, we played against Leeds, St. Helens and the England Students
THE BOYS DID WELL?
The boys did fantastic
DID YOU SCORE ANY TRIES?
yeah, i scored 2 tries, the first one was against St. Helens & the 2nd one was against their students
WILL YOU BE PLAYING IN THE NYC IN '08, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NYC?
Yes, i will be playing in the Toyota Comp, I reckon it will be a good comp and very tough.
LOOKS LIKE THE PANTHERS HAVE AN ALL STAR LINEUP, WHO DO YOU THINK ARE THE BEST PLAYERS?
Where do I start? we have Waddell, Ward, Graham. Isa, Mate - the side is just awesome, i'm just proud and honoured to be a part of it
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO APART FROM FOOTY?
I work in a bank
LOL, OH YEAH, WHICH BANK
the Commonwealth Bank
YOU WENT TO REDCLIFFE HIGH LAST YEAR, DO YOU MISS SCHOOL?
Yes, i miss being there, the atmosphere, my mates, Reddy is a great school
WHAT SORT OF CAR DO YOU OWN?
Holden Astra
WHAT SORT OF CAR DO YOU WANT TO DRIVE?
WRX
WHAT IS YOUR INSPRIATION?
My family and friends
WHAT FOOTY TEAM DID YOU SUPPORT AS A KID?
Cowboys
AND NOW?
Cowboys & the Panthers U20's
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE DIFFERENCES OF RUGBY LEAGUE IN THE UK HERE IN AUSTRALIA?
Way faster in Australia, they are more physical and dirty over there. - Read More, Here