TWO weeks ago we thought he’d be angling for a Maroons jersey over the coming years. Now, the Papua New Guinea international has ticked all the eligibility boxes to play for New South Wales.
Titan’s fullback David Mead has now completed all the paperwork necessary to allow him to play for the NSW Country team this Sunday in Dubbo.
It’s been revealed Mead played junior football in the far north coast NSW town of Lismore.
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Mead said the only reason he wanted to play for Queensland was because he grew up around Maroons supporters.
“Growing up in PNG a lot of my family are Queensland fans and that’s how we went,” said Mead, who moved to Lismore when he was 12.
“My eligibility says I’m NSW and I’m just keen to get down there and concentrate on this game. That’s all settled now.
“I ticked all the boxes for NSW and that’s where it stands. It’s all pretty clear now.
“I’m definitely stoked to be able to put on a rep jersey. It’s a dream come true.”
The NRL cleared up the confusion surrounding Mead’s eligibility around 12pm on Tuesday, signing off on documentation allowing him to press his claims for a sky-blue jumper.
It’s understood Mead is privately worried about the backlash he will receive over his decision.
Mead now finds himself playing for a NSW Origin jumper at Apex Oval.