Rugby League club says suspected terrorist ‘good kid’
SUSPECTED teenage terrorist cell recruit Oliver Bridgeman was a talented rugby league player with a bright future in the game during his days in Toowoomba Junior Rugby League.
The 18-year-old played two seasons in Toowoomba with the Brothers club and was a member of the Leprechauns Under 14 premiership winning team four years ago.
Brothers club president Joe Hannant remembered the young Bridgeman as a quality second-row forward.
"He was a pretty good player," Mr Hannant said.
"He was actually in the junior development squad with the Canberra Raiders.
"Initially, he went to St Mary's (College) when his family moved to Toowoomba but then he went to the coast.
"He played two seasons with us (Brothers) but when he came back to Toowoomba and went to Harristown he no longer played the game."
Mr Hannant remembered the teenager as intelligent and a "good kid".
"He was just a really good kid and he was very smart at school," he said.
"I know his parents, they are really nice people.
"His dad's a good bloke. He would be upset."