Rabbitohs rookie Grevsmuhl faces anxious wait
Chris Grevsmuhl is waiting anxiously to hear whether the next stop in his dream pre-season is Redfern or England after he scored the match-sealing try for the Indigenous All Stars in their 20-6 win on Friday night.
A try-scorer for the Rabbitohs in their Auckland Nines final win over the Sharks and also in their Charity Shield draw with the Dragons, Grevsmuhl once again put himself in the right place at the right time to collect Johnathan Thurston's grubber kick in the NRL All Stars in-goal and score the final try of the night.
A highly touted prospect out of the Cowboys under-20s and entering his second year with South Sydney in 2015, Grevsmuhl became the first player since Sam Burgess in 2010 to play in an All Stars game before making his NRL debut and his dynamic displays in the pre-season have him in contention for a spot on the Rabbitohs bench for Round 1.
But before that Grevsmuhl would like to be on the plane on Sunday night headed for the World Club Challenge showdown with St Helens, a trip he has not yet been told whether he will be making by coach Michael Maguire.
"Maybe, hopefully; I'm not too sure yet," Grevsmuhl told NRL.com of his prospects of heading to England. "The plane leaves on Sunday so I've got the passport packed, it's ready to go and I'd be stoked to be able to go over to England and be a part of that. It's just another step closer."
Despite not taking the field in first grade for the Rabbitohs in 2014, Grevsmuhl said he felt part of the club's premiership glory while at the same time admitting it has made him hungrier to earn a premiership ring of his own.
Twelve months of absorbing the Maguire mantra of hard work appears to have done wonders for the wide-running back-rower who says he has made changes on and off the field to bring an NRL appearance into reach.
"'Madge' has got me working hard and getting a good work ethic around everything that I do," said the 21-year-old. "I've changed my life around so I can play to the best of my ability, that's pretty much it.
"Just always being hungry and wanting to succeed and to get better every day, whether that's training or eating healthier or just something to make me better every day.
"His way is the best way; it gets you where you want to go."
The former Australian Schoolboy and Junior Kangaroo is enjoying life in Sydney and signalled his desire to stay when his contract runs out at the end of the season.
As for his favourite try of the pre-season to date, Townsville-born Grevsmuhl said a four-pointer in such elite company is hard to go past.
"Tonight would have to be up there! Just stoked to be around these blokes; the calibre of player that was on the field tonight, that was something special," he said.