Matty Beharrell eager to repay Hull KR's faith in his ability
HULL KR scrum-half Matty Beharrell intends to make the most of his run-out against Gateshead tomorrow – and hopes it will take him a step closer to his Super League debut.
The 18-year-old has been named in coach Craig Sandercock's 20-man squad to face the Thunder in Gateshead and knows it is a chance for him to come of age.
Sandercock has already said he will reward the young players who impress with a run-out against Wigan.
But although Beharrell wants to play in that game, he knows he has to do well against the side that finished bottom of Championship One.
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"The friendlies are going to be massive for me," he told the Mail.
"I have to show Sandy what I can do in the first-team environment. Hopefully, if I get my chance later in the year I can take it with both hands.
"My goal this year is to make my Super League debut. If I do that I'll be happy.
"Craig gave a lot of players like Liam Salter and Chris Heil their chance last season and that makes me want to do the same this year."
If things go according to plan, Beharrell could well be Rovers' future half-back.
First-team captain and scrum-half Michael Dobson sang Beharrell's praises on the club's recent trip camp in Tenerife.
Dobson has no doubt Beharrell could come in for him if he was out injured and the club think a lot about the home-grown youngster after including him on a junior tour to Australia last year.
The trip to Tenerife was the latest in his development programme and he is keen to show that this is his year.
"I got a lot out of the trip to Tenerife," Beharrell added.
"I was the youngest member of the squad that went out there and it's pleasing to think that the club are investing in me.
"I didn't feel I was the baby of the group to be fair because everyone was getting on so well with everyone else.
"What I've learned from my trips to Australia and Tenerife is that every day I have to put 100 per cent in to everything I do, both on and off the pitch.
"Recovering from a training session or match is just as important as the way you play.
"I want to repay the faith shown in me by the club for sending me to Australia and Tenerife and, hopefully, both trips can benefit me in the long run."
KR squad: Evarn Tuimavave, Sam Latus, Matty Beharrell, Jordan Cox, Tyla Hepi, Rhys Lovegrove, Chris Heil, Omari Caro, Alex Brown, Matty Marsh, James Green, Keal Carlile, Danny Kelso, George Griffin, Sonny Esslemont, Aaron Ollett, Ryan Devaney, Josh Guzdek, Connor Robinson, Steven Holker