Possible Lockyer replacement ready for NRL
Jordan Kahu is yet to play a NRL game.
But to his Brisbane Bronco teammates and coach Anthony Griffin who have watched his gritty fightback from two serious knee injuries, he is already a winner.
Humble, talented, determined and courageous - descriptions that all fit the softly-spoken 21 year-old who has spent the past two seasons confined to rowing machines and bikes recovering from successive major knee operations.
Touted as a future replacement for Darren Lockyer, Kahu has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament twice playing pre-season trial games, delaying his NRL debut.
Griffin knows Kahu is talented enough to play NRL.
"For what he's been through, he's shown a ton of character and he works real hard," he said.
"He's a kid who has always got a smile on his face."
A promising schoolboy player, Kahu can fill several backline positions from fullback to five-eighth.
"You watch him train, he's a very classy young player who has had a bad run with injuries," said Griffin.
Kahu has found inspiration in teammate Gerard Beale's rise to Test football.
"He did two knees and had two shoulder operations and to see where he has gone is inspiring and keeps me going," said Kahu.
He's also taken his father's advice and remained positive.
"Dad always told me patience was a virtue," said Kahu, the youngest of two brothers.
"My dream has always been to play NRL or any sport at the highest level. I'm not going to let two little injuries get in my way."
Kahu doesn't care where he plays as long as he is in the team.
"I don't care - I'm ready to go. I just want to put that jersey on.
"I'll play in the front-row if I have to. I just want to play."
Kahu, who displays the same qualities as another of Brisbane's young stars, Alex Glenn, is expected to be named for Brisbane's first trial against North Queensland in Mt Isa on February 9.
"I'll try to give him as much trial time as possible but he may have to spend some time playing in the state league to find some confidence after what he has been through," said Griffin.