Prince Harry learning from Queensland legend

If first impressions count, then Queensland Under 20s hooker Harry Grant is a young man going places.

The first thing that strikes you about him is his humble manner, along with his lust for knowledge.

An understudy to the incomparable Cameron Smith at Melbourne, the budding rake is able to pick the brain of one of the best rugby league players of all-time.

Grant confesses to grabbing every opportunity that comes his way to seek advice from Smith, who presented him with his No. 188 Storm jersey in his NRL debut against Manly earlier this year.

"It was a very special and proud moment for me when he presented me with my debut jersey," Grant told NRL Media.

"Just listening to him talking about me was amazing.

"He just told me to enjoy the game (against Manly) because you only get one debut."

Grant admits Smith was his idol growing up.

At 20, he still has pictures of Smith hanging on his bedroom wall at home.

"Cameron and Billy (Slater) are fantastic with the young players at the Storm. They are always willing to listen and give you advice," he said.

"If you are willing to learn they are always there to help you."

Grant is learning more than just football from Smith.

Even at such a young age he already displays some of Smith's qualities through his personality and his exceptional understanding of the game.

His attitude and determination are a coach's dream and he also has the silky skills and football mind to back them up on the field.

Hailing from Yeppoon in Central Queensland, he played all his junior football from the age of four with the Seagulls.

"It's a pretty special club for me," he says respectfully.

Another graduate from the highly-respected St Brendan's school system which has produced so many wonderful players - including Ben Hunt and Corey Oates who will feature in the third Origin clash on Wednesday night - Grant is one of four footballing brothers.

He has been following Hunt's journey with interest and has a lot of sympathy for the Dragons playmaker.

"I think Ben has copped a lot of criticism which he doesn't deserve," he said when asked about the pressures of playing in key spine role.

"He was pretty good in Game I and in Game II his intentions were there, he just didn't execute.

"I feel sorry for him because he's copped all the blame, which is unfair."

Melbourne scouts discovered Grant playing schoolboy footy for St Brendan's and recruited him for their National Youth side.

He spent two years in the clubs under 20s system and made his one and only NRL appearance in a 24-4 loss to Manly at AAMI Park recently.

"I played 25 minutes but it went pretty fast," Grant revealed.

"I was pretty gassed. It was a big step up from the Intrust Super Cup (where he now plays with Sunshine Coast Falcons). You're on edge the whole time, but I really enjoyed it."

One of four brothers – along with Billy, George and Paul - the competition in the family backyard in Yeppoon was always very competitive, even fierce at times.

"Mum deserves a medal with four boys," he smiled.

"We grew up on a bit of land and if he weren't playing footy it was cricket or touch or something else.

"Some of the games were grubby and occasionally I would throw a tantrum if I lost.

"Mum and Dad used to just let us go at it."

With Smith likely to continue playing for a few more seasons, Grant said is happy to keep learning his trade from the "best in the business".

"I can only learn my trade and learn a lot more from him if he keeps playing," said the impressionable young hooker.

"Being able to pick his brain and watch what he does week-in and week-out is only going to benefit me in the long-term."

Grant wanted to play for the Broncos when he was growing up.

He was a massive Darren Lockyer fan.

"Growing up I was a Broncos fanatic. I always wanted to play for them but I got overlooked by them and Melbourne came knocking," he said.

"I am pretty happy with my decision now."

Despite some pretty good raps, including one from Ipswich Jets coach Ben Walker, Grant is pretty level-headed about where he is at as a player.

"I'd probably say I am someone who works hard for his teammates, someone they can trust and someone who tries not let anyone down," he said.

He never mentioned it when asked if he had any interesting stories, but it's well-known that in the summer break he and his father Paul pulled a mother and daughter out of the surf at Port Macquarie after they were dragged out to sea.

A former nipper, Grant raced into the surf and rescued the pair.

"The daughter was getting sucked out and her mum refused to let go of her hand," he said.

"They were a fair way out.

"It was a little daunting because you don't know what to expect, but it felt very special when we got them back to the beach."

"They were very shaken, but very thankful."