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Country fullback Seth Carpenter: 'I love everything about rugby league'

Queensland Under 17 Country fullback Seth Carpenter has silky skills he intends to put to good use when his side goes up against City on Saturday.

The Australian touch football player, who plays with the Rockhampton Tigers and Central Queensland Capras, recently signed with the Dolphins after being noticed playing well for Emmaus College Rockhampton.

The Year 12 student, who first started playing rugby league in under 6s at Rockhampton Brothers, said he got into rugby league after plenty of backyard footy with his siblings and watching his two older brothers play.

“I watched my brothers play and that always made me want to go out and play too,” Seth, the middle child of five - with two younger sisters - said.

“I love everything about rugby league.”

Seth, who has played Cyril Connell Challenge and Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup for the Capras, said he had watched the City versus Country clashes for the past few years and aspired to play, noting the pathway to the Maroons.

“I’ve always wanted to do it,” Seth said.

“I’m honoured to get picked.”

Seth said he had played with fellow Country players Clancy Hohn, Banjo Walker, Rydell Tyrrell and Carter Ford and couldn't wait to line up with them again on Saturday.

Seth, inspired by Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Maroons fullback Reece Walsh, said he always tried to bring plenty of energy and talk during games.

“I always try and motivate the boys, just keep pushing,” Seth said.

“I look up to Reece Walsh… just his X factor he brings… I like to think I play a bit like him.”

Seth said he aimed to “play NRL one day” with the Dolphins, but come Saturday he just wanted “to play a good game of footy really”.

“The energy is up,” Seth said, adding the team was really coming together and bonding in camp this week.

“We just need to bond together, communicate and trust each other on the field, like we do in our training.”

Next year, Seth with play for Dolphins NRL affiliate Capras and travel to Redcliffe a few times throughout the year to train with the Dolphins.

Country coach Antonio Kaufusi said being based in Bundaberg he had been fortunate enough to see Seth in action during the Dolphins Cup.

“He is probably the in-form player,” Kaufusi said.

“His form has been unreal playing fullback for Emmaus. Any time he gets the ball, he’s dangerous.”

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