It’s all go for Reid as a new Dolphin
SCHOOLIES week was put on hold for Blackwater State High School graduate Lachlan Reid who began his new life as a Redcliffe Dolphin last week.
Reid, just one month after turning 18, made the bold decision to further himself in the sport he loves by moving to Brisbane's north to play for the Colts side.
To him, it was an easy decision and he has his Emerald Cowboys coach to thank - as well as his natural talent.
"Yeah my Schoolies week had to be put on hold but it really wasn't a hard decision," Reid said with a laugh.
"It's too good a move to not go. Redcliffe is a great club, a proud club and it is great to be part of them.
"Brendan Rouse (Cowboys coach) and James Verzeletti (Cowboys president) have been a huge part of my development, they have been big mentors for the last year and I am indebted to them.
"Rousey set it up and I ended up going down there for the Queensland trials for Capricornia and they ended up offering me a two-year contract. After thinking about that I took it and I moved down the day after my graduation."
One week on, Reid has trained with the new club, moved into his new home and started work as a plasterer, supported by the Dolphins each step.
"I have had one training session with them last week, it is definitely different to what I am used to," the centre said.
"More organised, more strict and more intense. But it was really good at the same time, a definite step up.
"My goals for the year coming will be to improve my game and hopefully gain further into the club and hopefully go to the Q-Cup side.
"My fitness definitely needs to improve so the pre-season will be a big one."
Reid was named as the rookie of the year for the Central Highlands competition but thanked his teammates for allowing him to shine.
"It's a really nice accomplishment, I was pretty surprised and honoured," he said.
"I need to thank my parents, friends, Shania for all their support and all the Cowboys staff and players for helping me.
"Playing against men was a big step up but the boys all helped me and really gave me confidence in myself and that showed on the field."