Schoolboy Campbell Graham has got a pass mark from far more senior South Sydney NRL colleagues John Sutton and Sam Burgess.
The schoolboy who sat his first NRL exam for South Sydney has got a pass mark from two of the most senior Rabbitohs.
Campbell Graham got a call from South Sydney coach Michael Maguire last Friday informing him he would make his NRL debut on the wing later that night against St George Illawarra at the iconic SCG.
The 18-year-old student, who had HSC trial exams looming, wasn't fazed by the short notice of his elevation into the senior rugby league ranks.
The Australian schoolboys representative who measures up at a man-sized 197cm and 95kg, tallied 119 metres from 15 runs, making six tackles and missing only one.
"He played really good for us in his debut game and he's a player of the future years," said John Sutton, who has made a mere 277 more appearances for the Rabbitohs and is their all-time games record holder.
Graham's demeanour drew praise from star Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess.
"He's a pretty level-headed kid, he's very calm," Burgess said.
"I got my debut, the same (way), I got a call from the coach on the morning of the game.
"Sometimes I think it's better because you don't have all week to worry about your performance and your job.
"I think he's at school this morning and he's with us this afternoon on the field, so it's a rollercoaster for him at the moment."
Souths officials confirmed Graham fronted for their afternoon training session at Redfern Oval.
Asked if he could help Graham with his homework, Burgess quipped "I think he's'doing doing quite well himself, so he doesn't need my help."
Sutton was equally emphatic when asked a similar question.
"I think he's smarter than all of us," Sutton said.