By JUNIOR UKAHA
THE son of a former Kumul is following in the footsteps of his father and is set to play for an Australian club this year.
Wendel Jackery, pictured, from Dirima village in Gumine, Chimbu, will follow in the footsteps of his father Jackery Kipsy, a former Kumul and international player, to play in the New South Wales Country Rugby League.
Jackery, 18, signed his contract with the club in Lae on Saturday witnessed by mentor and PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) Northern Confederate director Russ Kaupa.
He will play for the Griffit Waratah Tigers Under-20 side till October when his contract expires.
Jackery’s father Kipsy, 45, played for the club’s senior team from 1999-2003.
Jackery said it was dream come true for him to play for an international club.
“It will be my first time to play for an international club,” he said.
“I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates in Australia.
“I will give my best and hopefully do well and get the attention of some NRL clubs that can recruit me as this is my ultimate dream.”
Wendel captained the Under-16 Kumul side last year which defeated a Kiwi outfit at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
The Bumayong Secondary School Grade 11 student has been playing rugby league since he was 14, rising up from the school boys ranks in the PNGRFL Northern Confederate.
Kipsy said he was happy with his son’s performances and development over the years. He said Jackery’s passion, discipline and dedication had paid off.
“I thank the Griffit Waratah Tigers for giving my son the opportunity to prove himself,” Kipsy said.
“This is a lifetime opportunity for him and will open up other pathways for his career.
“This is my former club as well.”
Kipsy played for the Kumul from 1996-1998 alongside former big name Kumuls such as Stanley Gene, Elias Paiyo, David Wesley and Bruce Mamando.
Jackery will leave for Australia at the end of the month.
By JUNIOR UKAHA