Last year we wrote about one half of the future Raiders “Bash Brothers” – Caleb Esera (shout out to Charlie Conway and the Ducks).
This week we focus on his best mate who will hopefully lock the Raiders scrum for many years to come.
Trey Mooney is a product of western Sydney but now calls western Canberra home thanks to the great Peter Mulholland. Rest in peace legend.
Bringing Trey to the club from Parra could one of his greatest legacies to the club.
The Parramatta fans in the know couldn’t believe they let this young lad go after he starred in the junior grades, captained his state at age level and represented the Australian Schoolboys.
According to his coaches, Trey had a stand out performance with the most metres run, most runs and most tackles on the pitch.
Side note: spot the talent in these Junior Roos!He lined up alongside NRL capped players Sam Walker, Reece Walsh, Toby Sexton, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and the Feagai brothers in this side.
At 188cm and 106kg, he’s physically ready, but the coaching staff know this bloke is going all the way and are doing it the right way. This is a player who won the SG Ball U18 Competition last year alongside Xavier Savage. Mooney took out the Man of the Match Medal. As he does.
He may not be raw but he’s still young.
Speaking of young, this middle aged balding blogger is going to have to get used to the next gens style. The mullets across the league are one thing, but Trey not only rocks the second strongest mullet in Braddon after Big Papa, he also pulls off some outstanding style off the field too.
Back on the pitch, he was recently named in the Future Blues squad after playing in every junior representative team along the way.
Mick Ennis coached him at NSW U18 level and had huge raps on him.
“He’s a real leader and can play in the middle or the edge off the bench. A great athlete who’s powerful.”Mick Ennis
It’s clear they do at Raiders HQ as well as we’ve locked him up for the next three seasons after he signed an extension in late 2021.
We almost saw Trey in first grade last season and I was surprised we didn’t. As part of the Queensland bubble he was named in the extended squad a number of times but couldn’t snag a cap.
He is yet another one of the generation whose development has been slapped down by the rona. But fortunately Trey has the training dedication and the attitude to make it no matter what.
He doesn’t want to just make first grade. He wants to be the best in the world. And after listening to his passion on the Green Machine Podcast Ep #160, I bloody well believe him.
One thing you’ll notice about him when you see him play is he has an engine in the heart and the mind.
He’ll need to keep building up that engine playing against men in NSW Cup in 2022.
Due to playing juniors and then COVID shut downs, the young lock only managed to play six games in the NSW Cup side last year but averaged 23 tackles per game with an incredible 96.6% efficiency and 105 metres per game despite only playing 45 minutes per game.
So in 2022 he will need to keep training hard and pushing through NSW Cup. We are strong in the back row but we don’t have anyone locked in at #13.
Trey won’t start the season at lock and he’ll probably make his debut off the bench as Ricky eases him into first grade. But my prediction is he’ll be locking our scrum by the end of this season and possibly for many years to come.
Remember the name Trey Mooney.