'I've got a tattoo and I'm not allowed to get it sweaty or dirty'

Cameron Munster of the Storm is tackled by Daly Cherry-Evans, (left), and Dylan Walker of the Sea Eagles
Cameron Munster of the Storm is tackled by Daly Cherry-Evans, (left), and Dylan Walker of the Sea Eagles DAN HIMBRECHTS

JASON Hetherington is sitting at a baking hot Browne Park in Rockhampton, in need of a fullback and name tags.

The one-time champion Canterbury hooker has a voice of gargled gravel and a new billing as CQ Capras coach.

He's watching a skinny 18-year-old at one end of the ground, a synthetic rocket bearing down on the kid from the boot of ex-Bulldog, now bush footy star Brent Crisp.

Not a sound is made as the Steeden cannons into the teen's chest, safe and sound.

Hetherington has found his fullback. Now for the name tags. The old Maroons rake has only been in town a week into the 2013 pre-season.

But he has found Cameron Munster.

Some weeks later, the No.1 still riding his BMX to training seeks out his new coach before the season's opening round.

"He's bunging it on, saying I can't play this weekend,” Hetherington laughs.

"I said, 'Why not?'

"He said, 'I've got a tattoo and I'm not allowed to get it sweaty or dirty'.

"True story. I couldn't believe it. I said, 'Look, you're playing. And by the looks of that tattoo you'll need to win and get the match payments because that needs plenty of work'.”

Hetherington still rates Munster, the ratbag who was ready to sacrifice game time for a bit of ink, as the toughest kid he's ever seen.

He told Storm recruitment guru Paul Bunn as much, Canterbury too.

The Bulldogs didn't bite, while Broncos scouts lumped a stinging 'too soft' tag on the recent Maroons debutant.

Bunn ignored it and signed Munster on a cut price $5000 deal, landing Melbourne the Rockhampton junior who told Fox League earlier this year of his childhood spent either "playing footy in the backyard or chucking rocks at cars”.

"He's a cheeky little fella alright,” Hetherington says.

"He's always winding someone up; it was usually me to be honest. That's just his nature, and we did have to keep him in check but you also knew he would never let you down come game time.

"He's tough as nails. Even as an 18-year-old in this comp, the InTrust Cup is a tough competition played by seniors, it's not the under 20s, but you could see he loved getting a hard carry.

"Taking the ball up against the older forwards, mixing it with them in the hard hit-ups.

"They'd belt him because he was half their size, but he had this uncanny knack of getting away from them and having the last laugh.”

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