Rising league star could go all the way

16:00, Dec 04 2012
Logan yates and Stacey jones
RISING STAR: Could Logan Yates, 16, be the next Stacey Jones?

Three years ago Logan Yates decided to take up rugby league after watching NRL games and seeing friends play and love the sport.

Now the 16-year-old has been identified as a rising league star with the potential to go all the way to the top of the code.

The Whitford teenager plays for the Ellerslie Eagles rugby league club where he says there are more opportunities available than his previous club.

Logan was picked to attend the elite Instant Finance JETS training camp last weekend.

The camp, run by Auckland League, provides elite players 16 and under the opportunity to receive coaching from Warriors coaches and first grade players.

Logan says he learnt plenty of things at the camp and bonded with other age groups.


Ali Yates, Logan's mother, says her son has always been a bit of a sports fanatic.

As well as being a top league player the Botany Downs Senior College student also represents his school in athletics.

Football development manager for Auckland League Duane Mann says Logan is an athletic kid who has all the physical qualities to be a great league player.

"Game-wise he's showing he has good awareness as an outside back,' Mr Mann says.

"He seems to be able to read the play as it unfolds. Above all he's very coachable, enthusiastic and has a great attitude."

Logan, who's role model is Warriors wing Manu Vatuvei, says his goal is to be able to make a living out of league either in New Zealand or Australia.

What the teenager says he loves most about the sport is the contact, competitiveness and fact he gets to spend lots of time with his friends.

"League is exhilarating. Before you play you're nervous and then once you play the fun and enjoyment takes over," he says.

Many of the most successful league players, including Stacey Jones, Awen Guttenbeil and Monty Betham had their first taste of specialist training at the JETS camps.

Eastern Courier