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Hooking in to representative footy a boost for young Diehard

What do you do when you are a halfback in a team with two Brisbane Broncos-contracted halves in it?

If you are Jack Miers, you switch to hooker - a move which is paying dividends for the newly-minted XXXX Queensland Ranger.

The Valleys Diehards rake has been selected at dummy half for the representative side for strong recent form in a short career that has already seen him notch up 24 Intrust Super Cup games with Norths Devils.

Jack Miers in action for Valleys Diehards this year. Photo: QRL Media
Jack Miers in action for Valleys Diehards this year. Photo: QRL Media

The last time Miers, 21, played for Queensland was at under-16 level, so he is relishing the chance to have a crack at the New South Wales Pioneers at Davies Park in Brisbane on June 30.

Miers grew up idolising Johnathan Thurston and wanted to be a halfback, but hit a setback in his early years.

"I started at halfback but we had two Broncos halves (Joshua Fauid and Logan Spaander) over in school footy so I moved to hooker and I have been enjoying it ever since," Miers said.

Fortunately for Miers, his other idol was Cameron Smith, who he is emulating as best he can.

"You can't go past Smith and Thurston. I grew up with them two and they're going to be Immortals eventually," Miers said.

"I just like how (Smith) is so composed, there is a reason for everything he does, he rarely makes a mistake or gives a silly penalty and he is clutch when he needs to be."

Jack Miers during XXXX Queensland Rangers training. Photo: QRL Media
Jack Miers during XXXX Queensland Rangers training. Photo: QRL Media

Miers is keen to return to Cup action in the future, but knows the task ahead of him is difficult with Norths performing well in 2019.

The Devils have a quality roster including former Wakefield Trinity hooker and Samoan international Michael Sio and have been bolstered by Broncos NRL recruit James Segeyaro in recent weeks.

"I've just probably got to put on a little bit more size, be more attacking and minimise my errors," Miers said.

"My coach is happy at the moment, but the Intrust side is winning so it's kind of hard to crack into that."

Miers is putting this representative match down as "another game of footy", but he admits it could go a long way towards helping him reach Cup again in the future.

"We've got a good enough side here that will take it home if we play to our potential," Miers said.

"I can show off a little bit in front of everyone and prove to our coach that I am ready to play Intrust as well."

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