Josh Beehag has had to wait a little bit longer than he would have liked to get back onto the field for Redcliffe Dolphins, but after being named to start in today's XXXX Rivalry Round match against Wynnum Manly Seagulls, he’ll be looking to put in a strong performance.
The talented winger sat out the first two rounds due to suspension for a tackle gone wrong during the trials and was then named as 18th man in last weekend’s close call against Central Queensland Capras.
Match: WM Seagulls v Dolphins
Round 4 -
Venue: BMD Kougari Oval, Brisbane
This week however, he was named on ‘team list Tuesday’ to start on the wing in what will be a great way to return to the field for someone who loves the club and loves playing the game.
“(I am) just looking forward to getting back into it with the boys and get back to doing what I love,” Beehag said during his pre-season.
A Redcliffe Dolphins junior, Beehag found success through the grades as a Colt with the club and was part of the 2018 Intrust Super Cup grand final winning team.
A highly competitive player on the field, Beehag also values the bonds he has made at the club during his many years there.
“I started playing here when I was 10 and I have been here ever since,” Beehag said.
“Probably just the mateship that everyone has, it doesn’t matter who comes or goes, you are always good mates with the blokes that you are playing with.
“I have grown up with a few blokes who have stuck around; it’s good to stay in contact with them and still play with them.
“I started in under 10s and it was always club footy until 13,14, then I started making rep teams … (but) still playing with the same Redcliffe group.
“We had the same Redcliffe group for a good six, seven eight years; plus that stayed through to Colts, 20s we won a couple of 20s grand finals ... Wattsy (Nathan Watts) and I won the grand final here two years back, all of the above and everything.
“I guess growing up your dream is always to play with the club and your ultimate goal is to win it, so it was an awesome feeling to be able to do that and to do it with Wattsy who I grew up playing with as well."
Last year when the Intrust Super Cup competition was called off - Beehag, who works as a civil engineer – “tried to have some time off” from football, but found himself drawn back into playing.
“I couldn’t stay away, hey – I ended up playing BRL for Brighton Roosters which was awesome, I enjoyed my time there,” Beehag said.
“We didn’t have much success, but it was a pleasure there to meet the boys there.”
This season, the proud owner of two boxer dogs said his main goal for the year was to get to and win the grand final, something which would be “extra special” to achieve in front of the club’s home fans with the 2021 season decider again being played at Redcliffe’s home ground Moreton Daily Stadium.
“Absolutely, that is always the goal to get to the GF and win it, but it would be extra special to be able to do it here; back in the day, they used to hold them here; I’d love to be able to do that,” Beehag said.
This weekend's XXXX Rivalry Round match between Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Redcliffe Dolphins can be viewed on the QRL website, Intrust Super Cup app, Intrust Super Cup Facebook page, 9Now and Kayo Freebies.