True Blue Luke Lewis casts his eyes over a Canberra Raiders recruit who has a strong lineage at the club and is set to officially graduate from The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup into the top grade this weekend.
When Canberra runs out to the iconic viking clap at GIO Stadium on Friday night, joining them will be James Schiller, the nephew of Raiders great Brett Mullins.
Schiller will no doubt be welcomed with open arms by the hometown fans as he gets the opportunity to forge his own path on the very ground his uncle etched his name into Rugby League folklore.
Hailing from Young, Schiller grew up playing rugby union and eventually joined the Dragons pathways systems where he played Jersey Flegg and The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.
An outside back with speed to burn, Schiller showed great finishing ability in 2021 with three tries, four linebreaks, two try assists, two linebreak assists, 21 tackle busts and an average of 84 running metres per game.
“The Raiders have a lot of good, young players coming through in their outside backs so the fact he was picked for round one in his first season with the club is a testament to how highly he’s rated,” Lewis said.
“Mick Ennis mentioned him to me in the off-season, he has big wraps on him so I’m excited to see how he goes.”