“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.”
So says Charlie Sheen’s character Bud Fox in director Oliver Stone’s 1987 movie classic Wall Street.
For Coonamble's Max Altus, such a moment has arrived – and he knows it.
On Sunday, the Farrer student, 18, will begin what he has described as the best opportunity of his league career, when he lines up at hooker for the NSW Combined High Schools under-18 side at the national championships in Kingscliff.
Already on the Newcastle Knights’ radar, Altus’ ability will be plated before NRL talent scouts from every club at the six-day championships.
The Australian Schoolboys side, from which some of the game’s greatest have sprouted, will be named at the championship’s conclusion. The side will travel to England at the end of the year.
“This is probably the biggest [opportunity] I’ve had – it’s massive,” Altus said.
“A lot of things you won’t get all [NRL clubs] looking, but at this event you will … and they all know what they’re looking for.”
The Year 12 student – the only North West player in the NSW CHS team – said it would be a “dream” to be selected in the Australian Schoolboys side, and the best proof yet that his league trajectory was true.
Altus was part of the Knights’ most recent under-18 summer development squad.
He said the Knights told him to keep playing footy and “we’ll see what’s happening after school”.
The teen has been training with the NSW CHS side in Sydney this week.
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