Jason Marcus, having played for WP u21 three times to date in the Currie Cup is currently living his dream, however it was not that long ago Jason was disillusioned about where he was going and what lay in store for him, until a chance phone call from 1st XV Head Coach Gunner Hughes changed everything.
Born and raised in the Boland and schooled at Dirkie Uys High School, Jason did not make the Craven Week side but after having played 2nd XV for his local club, Samoa RFC, he eventually caught the eye of the u19 provincial selectors. Jason went on to play in the u19 Currie Cup last year; however when no offer was received to stay at their academy in 2014 he had no choice but to look elsewhere to further his career.
As is often the case in life when one door closes another opens, and this particular door happened to be in the form of a speculative phone call by Gunner Hughes. With nothing much on offer in his hometown, Jason decided to take Gunner up on his offer and make the bold move to Brookside.
Having been offered a place at Celtic House at Brookside and all the support he needed to succeed, Jason has not looked back since. Under the astute guidance of u20 coaches Dave Mallett and Richard Smith, Jason has come on in leaps and bounds this year, proving to be the spark in an exciting, but raw, u20 Villager side. Together with his nippy style of play, his likeable persona has made him a popular addition at the club.
Having had an important role to play in his sides successes, Jason received the opportunity to attend the WP u21 trials in May. Although being invited to trials does not guarantee one anything, Jason’s determination and obvious potential eventually caught the eye of u21 Head Coach John Dobson, who rewarded him with selection into the match day 22 in the first Currie Cup game against the Cheetahs. Although Jason did not get on, merely being included was a huge achievement for the forever smiling scrummy.
To date Jason has been included in a further two games against the Leopards and the Sharks in Durban and has played in both. From chatting to other members of the u21 squad, Jason is well liked and his work rate both in the gym and at practices has been noted amongst his team mates. Although the step up took Jason by surprise initially, especially when one considers the vast amount of technical information he had to digest very quickly, he has now settled and can only go upwards from hereon in.
Jason knows he has made the right move. “I joined Villagers because the club has so much gees, so much more than other places I’ve been.” He says. “The first practice I attended there were high fives and everyone was so positive about everything. From that moment on I knew I made the right decision.”
Jason says that the help he has received has also been very important for him. “The u20 coaches, and Ross (Williams) helping me do extra skill sessions has been a great help for me. Also to Scotty (Scott Slight) and Matt (Rockhill) for supporting me with a job when I needed it and letting me go to WP practices.”
Jason fully epitomises a player that plays for the right reasons and we wish him everything of the best moving forward.
This article first appeared in the Villager Voice – Issue 13. For more articles like this please subscribe below: