Blake Enever believes he may soon get a permanent position in the Reds squad.
Blake Enever believes he may soon get a permanent position in the Reds squad. Brett Wortman

Big man Blake pushing hard for place in Qld Reds

FORMER Sunshine Coast and current Queensland Reds player Blake Enever believes he could be on the cusp of earning a position in the Reds' permanent squad.

The former Sunshine Coast Grammar lock made his Super Rugby debut last year against the Melbourne Rebels, coming off the bench in an impressive first-up game.

His five minutes on the paddock greatly impressed Reds coaching staff which led to his elevation to the Reds extended squad for this season.

The hulking 200cm, 112kg lock is regarded as a future staple of the Reds pack and at just 22 has time on his side.

Currently playing for Easts in the Brisbane competition, Enever said he was revelling in the tutelage of current Reds and Wallabies enforcers James Horwill and Rob Simmons.

"Just being around those guys day in, day out, has been very beneficial and I'm making some real progress in the key areas of my game," he said.

"It's not so much what those guys say, it's more about what they do and the way they carry themselves and their attention to detail and professionalism.

"But, if I do want to ask them things they are very welcoming and quick to pass on their advice."

Enever is consistently 23rd man for the Reds which shows how close he is to breaking in to Super Rugby.

Confident he is putting pressure on the full-time squad, Enever said the Reds strong season was making it hard for him to break into the side.

"The boys are going very well at the moment which makes it tough, but I'm improving all the time and hopefully, I'm not too far off," he said.

"I'm focusing on being better in the lineouts and also the set pieces, so I'm doing everything I can to take the next step."

Losing just three games this season has the Reds sitting in second place on the Australian conference ladder and in fourth place overall.

Enever said there was a great feel in the camp ahead of their two upcoming games in South Africa against the third-placed Cheetahs and eighth-placed Stormers.

"You can definitely feel a positive energy about the place and we're very confident of making the finals," he said.

"It's a week-to-week thing and you never know with injuries, but the team looks very strong and I'll keep pressing for a position."


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