Billy Guyton believes his three-year stint at North Otago played a key role in his development and eventual selection to the Hurricanes’ wider training squad three days ago.
The halfback has enjoyed a successful season with Tasman, taking out the ITM Cup Championship to win promotion and said that despite a rocky start, he was pleased with his individual performances and won’t be forgetting the final win in a hurry.
“It was awesome. It’s something you don’t forget,” he said.
“I think it (the season) went pretty good. It started a wee bit rough.”
The 23-year-old said the key to success for aspiring players was the old adage of hard work, particularly with the transition of changing position.
“It was just about remembering what the coaches said. I played there (halfback) at school and learnt from the other half backs,” he said.
“(Former North Otago coach) Barry Matthews was awesome and Forrey (Jason Forrest) helped a lot too. (You) just have to train as hard as you can and work hard.”
North Otago chief executive Colin Jackson praised Guyton’s work rate when he spoke to the Oamaru Mail on Thursday.
“We are thrilled for Billy and the outstanding progress that he has made this season with Tasman,” he said.
“Billy works very hard at his game and thoroughly deserves the recognition he is now achieving.
“Like Billy, there are a lot more Heartland players who are capable, if given the opportunity, to make it at ITM level.”
Guyton will be joining up with the Hurricanes squad on November 27.
By James Ford