THE SEA Eagles’ newest Kangaroo Tom Trbojevic has revealed how his parents have prevented him becoming a big head through his rapid rise to rugby league stardom.
While his reputation as a super rugby league talent has grown, the 21-year-old has maintained the same humility he had when he made his NRL debut in 2015 as the attention from the media and fans has escalated
“I wouldn’t say I enjoy it, I understand it is part of this game,” Trbojevic said at the club’s Manly training camp.
“I was brought up the way not to have a big head so I have to thank my parents for that.
“They have been really good to me and moulded me into the person I am today and brought me up with good values which is what you want.
“I know never get too far ahead of myself.”
Asked if his dad John, who was a legendary prop with the Narrabeen Sharks in the local A grade competition, would give him a clip under the ear if that happened, Trbojevic laughed: “Probably, he’s a pretty big fella the old man so I don’t want to be on his bad side.”
In addition Trbojevic said he and his three brothers, Jake, Ben and Luke are all really close.
“We love playing with each other and just hanging out so that does help,” he said.
He and Jake helped coached Ben’s under 16 Mona Vale Raiders side who won their grand final but insists he deserves absolutely no credit for that victory.
Trbojevic has been picked in the centres for what will be his second Test in Saturday’s World Cup game against Lebanon at the Sydney Football Stadium.
His Kangaroo team mate Wade Graham has been impressed by the entire Trbojecvic clan.
“He is a gem of a kid … their family is brilliant, they are the nicest people in the world,” the Cronulla Shark said.
“Tommy is only coming into his own now, he’s going to dominate the NRL for the next 15 years.
“Every time I play with him it blows me away how big he is, how fast he is and how he moves.”