North Queensland Toyota Cowboys hooker Jake Granville is renowned for his skills on the footy field, but did you know he’s handy with a nail gun too?
The 28-year-old recently joined another high-performance team with the Martin Locke Homes (MLH) Carpentry Crew, as he looks to complete his carpentry apprenticeship.
Jake lines up beside other aspiring builders as part of the MLH Apprentice Club which plays a pivotal role within the company.
“Our apprentices are the future of not only MLH, but of the construction industry as a whole,” Director Martin Locke said.
“If we want our industry to continue to grow and innovate, we need highly-skilled tradespeople and that’s what we hope to create through our apprentices.”
Leading Hand Carpenter Brayden Robinson also completed his apprenticeship with MLH and admits the crew was a bit star-struck to begin with.
“We’re all pretty passionate Cowboys fans so having Jake on site was a bit exciting,” Brayden said.
“He’s such a down-to-earth bloke and he works just as hard off the footy field as he does on it, so he fits into our team unit really well.”
Granville’s return to the work site was interrupted by his leg injury earlier this year, now after recovering and playing an integral part of the Cowboys impressive run to the NRL grand final – he’s been putting in plenty of hours on site to sharpen up his tradie skills.
“Just like footy, you need to be on your game on a building site and continually learning and training if you want to be the best,” Granville said.
“I’d love to play footy forever, but unfortunately I don’t think that’s possible, so I see completing my apprenticeship as very important for the future.
“The team at Martin Locke Homes are great to work with, I’m learning a lot but they definitely don’t take it easy on me,” he said.
“I might actually be looking forward to pre-season at this rate!”