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Queensland Reds lock up Mac Grealy and Josh Flook

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Mac Grealy can beat you in a phone booth.

Change direction in no time.

And leave the defenders clinging to the void.

It’s no wonder that Reds coach Brad Thorn made sure the talented 18-year-old stayed at Ballymore, offering Grealy an improved contract, adding him to the 2021 playing squad.

“It’s a very proud moment for me,” said Grealy Wide world of sports.

“I’ve been a Reds fan my whole life so having the opportunity to race at Suncorp Stadium in front of the big Queensland fans is pretty crazy.

“It’s a step away, but I’m very excited and very happy to be here.”

Grealy, a full-back or quick winger, is one of five rookies raised to full strength by the Reds today.

Fijian winger Ilasia Droasese, popular half-back Kalani Thomas, mainstay Zane Nonggorr and outside-back Josh Flook all enjoying Queensland Rugby’s powerful rugby courses.

While Flook and Nonggorr got a taste of Super Rugby last year, Grealy has been making waves with his speed and footwork since his school days at Downlands College in Toowoomba.

“I love to attack. If I can take on someone, I will.” Grealy said with a smile.

“Back when I was young, Kalyn ponga was pretty big, so I like to follow some of his steps and incorporate them into my game.”

Trained by former Reds and Wallabies great man Garrick Morgan, Grealy evokes memories of one of Australia’s greatest rugby players.

“The only similar qualities are Tim Horan, so I compare him a lot to him,” Morgan said.

“He’s got all the X-factor and I’ve never coached anyone like him before.”

The Reds fan’s dream is for Grealy and Flook to one day come together in the same Queensland backline.

The latter comes with his own glowing comparison, with many good judges comparing the outside center to All Blacks legend Conrad Smith.

“To be described as someone of his caliber is absolutely amazing,” revealed Flook.

“I hope I can shape my game to look a bit more like his in the future.

“Even though I’m a back, I like to put my head in dark places, as they say. I love to attack myself and I love the contact zone.”

Flook’s 2020 season prematurely, dislocating his shoulder against the Force in August.

But is expected to be available for selection for the Reds’ season opener against the Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 19.

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