It’s always difficult for youngsters when things don’t work out at the big club they signed for at the start of their careers.
They have to show initiative and guts to keep their rugby career alive often with a bold into the unknown. Some even decide to go to a Championship team to prove their worth and continue their development before moving back up the ranks to Super League.
The likes of Luke Gale and Alex Foster have done this to great effect. Gale is perhaps the most famous example. He started in the Leeds academy before moving to Doncaster to develop. He eventually earnt a move back to Super League and went on to be crowned Man of Steel in 2017. Now he finds himself back with the Rhinos helping them to Challenge Cup success last year.
That’s why I find the journey Tyler Dupree has undertaken so commendable. After things didn’t work out for him at Leeds, he’s toiled exceptionally hard to establish himself at Oldham and put the rugby league world on notice with a spectacular 100 metre try against Newcastle on Sunday.
Straight from kick-off Dupree was given the ball and burst through the Newcastle defence. He then showed good pace and agility as well as untold strength to see off the cover defence and score one of the tries of the season.
🤯 Take a bow Tyler Dupree!
— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) September 14, 2021
It’s the high point of an impressive individual season from the ex-Leeds prop who has drummed up interest outside of Oldham culminating in a move to Widnes ahead of next season.