Hame Sele called up into the 2020 squad

1st Mar 2020

Hame Sele has been called up into the South Sydney main squad very late in the pre-season. Sele was restricted to just five games after he was disciplined for being 10 minutes late to a recovery session, then suffered a back injury, in 2019 at Penrith, before finding himself on the NRL scrapheap at just 23 years of age. After a coffee with Souths coach Wayne Bennett before Christmas, he was brought in for a a $4000 train-and-trial deal with South Sydney can resurrect his NRL career. Sele, the Tongan whose name he says is often mistaken for being Lebanese, he has been rewarded for his determination to make the most of his late, late lifeline. "JD [assistant Jason Demetriou] told me, 'you've got four weeks mate'. He believes in me. And like Wayne said to me, it's about self belief, which is what I've been working on. "I first met Wayne at the end of November here [at Redfern]. He told me he was looking for a forward." Sele played 18 games for the Dragons before he had big hopes at Penrith, only to arrive late for a Gold Coast recovery after round five, and failed to return to the top grade. After the injury to Patrick Mago he was called up into the main squad.

Hame Sele
Date of Birth  - 12 November 1996
Place of Birth - Kogarah, NSW

Height: 182cm
Weight: 104kg

Position       - Lock
Junior Club    - Kingsgrove
Previous Clubs - Penrith (2019)
               - St George-Illawarra (2017-18)

Rep Honours - NSW City Origin (2017)
            - New South Wales U20s (2015)
            - Australian Schoolboys (2014)

NRL Games  - 23
NRL Points - 0
NRL Debut  - Dragons vs Sea Eagles, Brookvale Oval, 8 April 2017 (Rd06)

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