Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club new recruit Michael Purcell.
Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club new recruit Michael Purcell. David Nielsen

Blink and he is gone: Meet Michael Purcell

RUGBY LEAGUE: Give Michael Purcell a sniff and he will make you pay.

The Ipswich Jets flyer has speed to burn and will come to Browne Park on Saturday with extra motivation.

He will return to Central Queensland this weekend, the same region where he first laid hands on a football.

He and his Jets team-mates are in enemy territory, but with plenty of family and friends still in these parts, he is very eager to play at Browne Park.

"I was originally from Ipswich but we moved to CQ when I was young," the former Gracemere Cubs junior said.

"That's where my footy life started and I actually still have a lot of friends and family still there.

"My aunties Juanita and Sonya, the Clarkes, the Hassalls, the Tulls and Barracloughs. Also my uncle Jason and the Frasers.

"I really enjoy playing in front of them, it helps my confidence a great deal."

Comfortably one of the Intrust Super Cup's fastest players, Purcell is a nightmare for any defender.

 

Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras Intrust Super Cup. Michael Purcell's try.
Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras Intrust Super Cup. Michael Purcell's try. Inga Williams

His opponents, the Capras, will have their work cut out containing his genuine speed.

"They do say I am lightening quick, yeah," the 23-year-old responded.

"It probably takes me 40 metres to wind up but in open space I am pretty hard to track down.

"I think the last time I was clocked I was a tick over 11 seconds for 100.

"Mates at school in Gracemere used to beat me, so they might be a bit shocked at how fast I am now."

Purcell has crossed the chalk on eight occasions this season, his fellow flyer Richard Pandia the same.

Capras wide men are going well this year but this is a new test, making an exciting battle on the flanks.