David pitches claim for centre spot
EVERY new season throws up new players on the scene who have the potential to rise to the top.
The buzz in Dolphins circles has centred around centre David Faamita, an Ipswich product who has been in the Broncos system for the past two seasons.
Faamita trained the house down in the pre-season and featured prominently in the top squad's trials.
He is now biding his time in Mark Shipway's FOGS A grade side with Bronco Dane Gagai and Marty Hatfield occupying the No.3 and 4 jerseys in the top grade.
Faamita's path to the top could be made easier if Gagai, as expected, grabs a spot in the 17-man Broncos' NRL run-on in coming weeks and Paul Ivan remains in the Dolphins second-row.
That did not happen for the opening two rounds of the premiership, however Broncos coach Anthony Griffin did opt for Gagai as his 18th man for the trip to Perth to tackle the Rabbitohs, the weekend the Village Motors Dolphins took on the Ipswich Jets.
Faamita, who turned 21 last month, rates centre as his preferred position and, at 100 kilograms, should pose problems for opposing backs in coming months.
He started his playing career at Inala before being snapped up by the Jets under coach Mark Bishop.
"I still live at home at Inala and travel to Redcliffe for training," he said.
"I don't mind the travel and there are a few of us in Zac Lemberg and Tui Samoa who I carpool with to get there. It usually takes an hour."
Faamita comes from a big family with a total of eight children, five boys and three girls.
While a few of his older siblings have left home, he still lives with the rest of the family.
David's older brother Paoa, 24, lined up last season in the centres with Easts Tigers, however he suffered heart problems in the pre-season, resulting in a pacemaker being inserted and finishing his football career.
David enjoyed a taste of top grade action in the pre-season against Wynnum Manly and Sunshine Coast.
"I found it a good experience," he said. "It certainly was a lot quicker and more physical than the 20s. It's faster and you are running up against men."
Faamita can speak with experience after sharing his time last season between the Dolphins Colts and the Broncos under 20s.
"John Dixon is a really good coach and all the boys have been great to me.
Nick Slyney and Liam Georgetown try to help out the younger fellows in the squad and tell us what to work on. It's good to be there."
Faamita tried to put on weight in the off-season. "I tried to put on more muscle and lose some body fat," he said.
"I'm trying to look after my diet and it's making a difference.
"My goal for this season is to make the top side. If I do, it means that I'm playing consistently each week."
By Myles McIvor - April 6, 2012