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Michael Weyman has gone through some really dark times in his Rugby League career, but standing on the cusp of his Origin debut for the NSW Aussie Blues the Dragons prop deflected all praise onto his extended family.<br><br>A family which includes St George Illawarra, his parents, his girlfriend and many others who have helped transform a once maligned player into one of the NRL’s most consistent performers.<br><br>“I’ve had some really hard times in my footy career,” He said.<br><br>“Very low times and to get through it and to get here now is all worth it.<br><br>“That is what it is all about, having nice people around you and people that mean a lot to you. Having them close to you helps you through a lot of things.”<br><br>Weyman says his selection came as a shock, despite his stellar form for the Dragons and much speculation that he would make the side.<br><br>“I was very surprised to be honest,” he said.<br><br>“I just wanted to play consistent footy this year and anything after that is a bonus, to get a call-up like this is a dream come true.<br><br>“I rang my dad straight away, and he was over the moon.<br><br>“Mum and dad both come to most of the games and my girlfriend does as well, they are all just so happy.<br><br>“I have a really close family and extended family as well, I have some really good close people that have helped me through hard times.”<br><br>Weyman was named alongside teammates and fellow debutants Justin Poore and Ben Creagh.<br><br>No doubt an acknowledgement from selectors how well the Dragons are playing this year.<br><br>“I think it is 17 blokes wanting to work hard for each other every week,” Weyman said.<br><br>“It makes it easy for us when you have blokes in the middle wanting to put their hands up and that is what the Dragons have been doing at the moment.<br><br>“We are all just really enjoying our footy at the moment, enjoying training and playing with each other.”<br><br><a href="">Click here to hear from Michael Weyman straight from NSW Origin Camp</a><br>
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