This was after he'd already proven his ability in first grade though. The other comment was about merkins talking up players in Flegg and SG Ball. It's not that he hasn't improved, he has actually declined. Here's his highlights from 2014, the year he turned 19: He ran plenty of good lines on that right edge, which he doesn't get the opportunity to do in the middle. He probably lacks the brains and skill to play on the edges. If he's going to play in the middle in the NRL it's a matter of finding his correct playing weight. As for why a teenager should decline, the answer is obviously chronic injury of one sort or another (I reckon the headgear provides a solid clue), and not something that should be blamed on anybody, especially when you don't know all the facts. Obviously he'll probably never play Origin, just like any player yet to play Origin. It's no balls-on-the-line prediction. Just like predicting Parra will never win a premiership as long as <whatever pet condition you think is holding us back>. It's an easy prediction to make because it's probable in every case. Nathan Brown and Junior Paulo are our best middle forwards and neither of them are likely to ever play Origin either. Dale Finucane was unlikely to ever play Origin yet after four and a half years being made to look good at the Storm here he is. Would he have played Origin at the Bulldogs or Parra? He would be as much chance as Tepai Moeroa. As for being a reserve grader, does that even mean anything at Parra? Kane Evans spent half his time in reserve grade since arriving here, yet he has a positive winning record in the NRL across nearly 100 games.