Tyler Dupree was told he wasn’t good enough when he was at Leeds Rhinos but yesterday he made his England debut.
This journey of course made it all the more special to come full circle and star for England in yesterday’s win over France.
He said: “It just made it extra especial. It was always going to be a big occasion for me and my family but I have always been told that I’m not good enough.
“So for someone like a legend like Waney who is a bit of a legend as a coach and in my position and for him to see me as a forward for the England team but I am hoping I can just continue with it and keep getting picked.”
This week he will take on the club that rejected him this week but insists there is no bad blood there:
“I am really looking forward to it. There is no bad blood with the club itself. I enjoy the prospect of going back to Leeds.
“It is a class stadium and has great facilities and a great pitch and great fans so I am looking forward to going back.
“I will be really happy to play there.”
A Leeds lad, he was asked if he would ever be interested in a move back to where it all started.
He said: “Never say never. Leeds is the club I grew up supporting but I am at Salford now. So when the contract is over that is only when I will start thinking about other things but for now I am at Salford.”