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After the announcement of Hastings Deering partnership with the Queensland Rugby League yesterday, QRL Media spoke with local player Ethan Hearn on what that means for the local juniors.

"It's exciting news" says Hearn.

With mateship and being able to play footy with your friends a huge part of what Ethan enjoys about the game, being able to stay home and represent your region is a good opportunity for a local kid.

Watch the full interview above.

Watch the full press conference: Hastings Deering Colts launch

Read the media release: Hastings Deering & QRL strengthen rugby league pathways