Four years ago, Jordan Pereira was playing in the WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership for the Willagee Bears.
Those days are now a distant memory for the 25-year-old after he penned a two-year NRL contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons this week.
After making his NRL debut in Round 19 of this year, the winger was an ever-present figure for the Dragons, scoring three tries in nine appearances to earn himself a contract renewal.
The New Zealand-born speedster averaged 132 metres per game and looks set to fill the void left by the retiring Jason Nightingale.
“Five years ago, I was playing park footy. Now I have to pinch myself considering I’m playing with the likes of Jack de Belin, Tyson Frizell, Ben Hunt and Gareth Widdop. It’s definitely a blessing,” Pereira said.
“I’m very happy to be running around in first grade now and it’s definitely something I don’t want to give up. I’m very proud to be representing this club and hopefully, there’s more NRL games to come.”
From all of us here at NRL WA, we would like to congratulate Jordan on his new contract and wish him the best for the 2019 and 2020 NRL seasons.