Cameron King has backed Wagga as a venue for future NRL games.
Canberra Raiders are set to bring an NRL game to the city next year and there are no doubts King would like to see his Parramatta Eels be their rivals in 2019.
The 26-year-old sees plenty of value in bringing games out to more regional areas.
“It would be awesome,” King said.
“That would help would kids with signing up as well.
“It would be good.”
With dwindling crowds in Sydney, King is confident Wagga could attract strong numbers and a good atmosphere.
King returned to his old stomping ground on Friday, reliving his schooldays at Sacred Heart Primary School.
He hadn’t been back to the school since he was a student there and impressed the current generation of students.
The self-proclaimed king of the handball court during his years at school, King was able to inspire the students to follow their dreams, showing them what a fellow student has gone onto to achieve in the NRL.
He was thrilled to be able to come home and spread his love of rugby league.
“The NRL has a great initiation with Road To Regions and I’ve been lucky enough to come down here to my hometown and do it,” King said.
“I love Wagga and have great memories here growing up.
“To be able to come to here to my old primary school today has been cool.”
With his father still living in Wagga, King tries to get back to the city as much as possible.
However this trip was a little different.
“The kids are pretty excited and obviously don’t get as much access to this sort of this thing as the kids do in Sydney so for me to come down here, spread the message of rugby league and put some smiles on faces is good for them but is probably more rewarding for me,” he said.
King’s career has been plagued with serious injuries.
However he had a good run with the Eels last season and with a rare full pre-season under his belt he’s looking forward to another big season in the NRL.
“The body is good, I’ve done a full pre-season which helps for a big year,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to trials and for the season to kick off.”
After so many serious injury the 26-year-old believes he’s mentally in a good place as well.
He looking to help the Eels improve after a disappointing end to the season.
“We finished fourth last year and bowed out in two straight games so we are trying to go a few games better than that,” King said.
“We’ve been training well and just need to put it out on the park.”