Indigenous Round – “Special” for Jerome

For Rockingham Sharks five-eight Josh Jerome, Round Six of the NRL WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership was extra special.

Not only did the Sharks overturn a 26-point deficit to down the Fremantle Roosters, but it was also the inaugural NRL WA Indigenous Round.

“To come back from that far behind to get the win, it means a lot especially in Indigenous Round,” Jerome said.

“It’s very pleasing. Freo’s a quality side – they’re back-to-back champions for a reason.”

With NRL WA set to make Indigenous Round an annual event, Jerome says it can only be a positive for the league.

“That would be awesome if the initiative went ahead and I think it would bring a lot more indigenous people to the game,” he said.

“It would promote the game a lot better over here in WA – it would work wonders for NRL WA.”

Originally from Country Queensland, Jerome, an Indigenous male, grew up in a rugby league-mad family.

“Rugby League is pretty much born-and-bred in my family,” he said.

“I grew up playing from a young age and lived and breathed rugby league.”

Jerome’s passion soon became a career as he signed with the Melbourne Storm in 2006.

After impressing for the Queensland Under 15’s State Schoolboys side, Jerome, who was in Year 10 at Warwick State High School at the time, signed a four-year deal with the Storm.

“I had opportunities previously with the U20’s, Queensland Cup – it’s what I lived for pretty much,” he said.

“I did it as a job back then, now I just do it for fun and really enjoying it.”

With two tries and a handful of try assists to start 2018, Jerome is focussed on performing well for Rockingham and delivering a Premiership to the Sharks.