Josh Curran, 17, impresses for Sydney Roosters under-20s Holden Cup team

Early start: Sydney Roosters under-20s player Josh Curran has started his rugby league journey early, already starting for the club's national youth competition Holden Cup team. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
Early start: Sydney Roosters under-20s player Josh Curran has started his rugby league journey early, already starting for the club's national youth competition Holden Cup team. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Josh Curran is on the fast track to his NRL dream.

At just 17, the Castle Hill resident is already a regular starter in the Sydney Roosters under-20s side.

Josh said it was a good challenge playing at the higher level.

“I’m loving it over there,” he said. “You get a challenge every week and you want to beat it.

“Holden Cup is heaps different to SG Ball, it’s more physical, faster and you just get tired more easily but it’s good for the boys to be able to step up. It definitely builds your confidence.”

After growing up in the Parramatta Eels system from the Hills Bulls, Josh made the move east earlier this year.

He has had a busy year so far as he finishes year 12 at Patrician Brothers Blacktown and is a second-year apprentice plumber.

He said he had a good vibe when meeting with the Roosters the first time.

“We had a meeting over there and once dad and I stepped into the headquarters, it felt like we were part of the team already,” he said. 

“Roosters headquarters is small and everyone treats you like family.”

The rising second-rower has also been named in the preliminary squad for the NSW under-18s Origin team.

“It’s always good playing Queensland - they’re our enemies I guess,” he said.

“We’ve got two training camps and then the team gets announced on my birthday.”