A new signing at Redcliffe Dolphins for 2021, Jarrett Subloo was named earlier this week to make his Intrust Super Cup debut with the club this Saturday, playing in the halves alongside team skipper Cameron Cullen.
The match against Tweed Seagulls will be a welcome return to the field for Subloo, who joined the club in the off season following a 2020 which, like for many others during the COVID-19 shutdown, saw him starved of an opportunity to play rugby league.
However, Subloo – who can also fill in at fullback, on the wing and in the centres - was able to take part in one important game last year; his NRL debut for Canberra Raiders.
“I debuted in Round 20... it was pretty special, got to do it with a lot of my close mates that I played 20s with, so that was pretty unreal,” Subloo said.
“I found out on the Tuesday (on the week of the game) actually, it was honestly so unexpected, it was a pretty cool week.
“It all went too fast... I wish I could re-live that week every day.
“I was pretty nervous … I can’t really remember too much, it kind of just happened, but that was it. I really only remember running out there, it was really quiet, and I was ‘holy, I am just out here’... it was pretty special… you can’t really explain it to be honest.
“Obviously with COVID and that, we weren’t really able to play much footy and that, I think I played about three games altogether, so to be able to achieve a childhood dream was pretty special.
“The Raiders were really good; I enjoyed my time there … I really loved it, really loved it there in Canberra – even though it was a bit cold, but really got a lot of good mates there and I loved it.”
Originally from Innisfail, Subloo played all of his junior rugby league with Innisfail Brothers, before moving to Brisbane when he was 15 to go to Nudgee College.
From there, Subloo spent three years down in Canberra, experiencing an NRL system with the Raiders, featuring in the club’s SG Ball Cup side in 2018 and playing in their Jersey Flegg team in in 2019, before being added to the Raiders’ NRL squad as a development player.
Now back in the Sunshine State, the former Queensland representative at schoolboys level has found a home for himself with the Dolphins and is looking to further his rugby league career.
“I kind of got the opportunity to come here... mum and dad live right around the corner – it’s close to home and it’s been a great club so far, they have all be welcoming so far,” Subloo said when speaking during the pre-season.
“Moggy (head coach Adam Mogg) and the coaching staff, Crush (Grant Cleal - general manager - football operations) as well, they have been really good, and the boys are a good bunch of boys as well, so it’s been awesome.
“Hodgo (assistant coach Justin Hodges), he’s a character... being able to learn off the experience out there is pretty surreal.
“Guys like Moggy, Hilly (assistant coach Scott Hill), Hodgo... to learn from those guys is pretty awesome, and you do listen ‘cause they have all achieved everything in the game, so it’s pretty unreal.”
Mogg joined by Hodges and Hill at Dolphins
For Subloo, there are plenty of goals for the 2021 season and now that he’s had a taste of the NRL, he is keen to work his way back into the competition.
“Obviously, (my goal is) just to play consistent Cup footy for Dolphins and obviously win the whole thing,” Subloo said.
“Ultimately, it’s just playing some good footy and hopefully getting an NRL contract again and getting back to the NRL.”
When he is not focusing on his football, Subloo can be found helping his parents and honing his culinary skills at the family’s restaurant, or just chilling out.
“I am actually working at my parents’ Italian restaurant, just making a couple pizzas here and there,” Subloo said.
“Pasta Issamo at North Lakes it is... my dad’s a chef, my mum works there as well so it’s all good... pasta, pizza, everything.
“I am not too bad (of a cook). I lived at home for a few years, but I am pretty good, I make a good roast.
“(Outside of working), I have got two brothers, so they keep my busy… but honestly I don’t do much, I am pretty low key, I like to make the most of my spare time and chill out.”
Match: Dolphins v Seagulls
Round 5 -
Venue: Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
Subloo is set to play this Saturday night against Tweed in their ANZAC Round 5 match at Moreton Daily Stadium.