The Easts Tigers are proud to announce hooker Tommy Butterfield has today been named to play an NRL trial match for the Melbourne Storm this Saturday night against the Canberra Raiders in Griffith.
For the 26 year old – who has played 52 Intrust Super Cup games for the Tigers – the call-up comes as a richly deserved reward after years of hard work.
Butterfield recently completed a pre-season with the Storm where officials noted his great attitude and work ethic.
He commented that that the pre-season was a “tough, but a really good challenge” and that he hoped that both the pre-season and the trial would put him in good stead for another big season with the Tigers.
Coach Craig Ingebrigsten said he was rapt for Butterfield, who three years ago made the decision to come to the Tigers after having played all of his football with the Dolphins.
This call up has rewarded his decision and the three years of hard work Butterfield has put in in the interim.
One of the most pleasing aspects of this selection is that it shows the strong pathway between the Tigers and the NRL.
“Immensely proud of our whole organisation at Easts, we have got one of our own into the position to push into the NRL and that is tremendous for everyone involved in the club,” Ingebrigsten said.
Butterfield flies to Melbourne this afternoon to train with the team before heading to Griffith.
He takes with him the best wishes of everyone involved at the Tigers and all of the club’s supporters.