Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
After an impressive showing at the 2020 NRL Nine’s tournament, the name Cody Ramsey was on everyone’s lips and he is now regarded as one of the game’s most promising up and coming talents.
While Ramsey loves his Rugby League and has done so for most of his life, the 20-year-old would start out playing a different sport in his earlier years.
“Growing up I played soccer until I was about 7 or 8 and then my older brother got into football, I always loved football so I joined.”, Ramsey explained to Everything Rugby League.
He would also idolise one of the greatest to ever play in his current position.
“Growing up Billy Slater was easily my favourite player.”
Throughout 2019, Ramsey proved his worth to the Dragons by capping off a great season as the club’s Jersey Flegg Cup player of the season.
He puts this amazing individual season down to one thing in particular.
“I think I had a good season because I became a lot more confident as the games went on and that I believed I had the ability to play rep football.”
During the NRL Nine’s tournament in February where the Dragons finished the competition as runners up, Ramsey was named in the team of of the tournament.
While it was understandably a great feeling for Ramsey to play well in the Nine’s, he is focused on getting the chance to replicate that form in the NRL.
“The Perth Nines were a great opportunity to play against and with some NRL players, it was a great tournament and experience but I can’t wait for 13s.”
Cody Ramsey and Blair Grant at it again 🔥 the try coming in at number two in our Dragons top five #JFlegg countdown ✌️
— NSW Rugby League (@NSWRL) July 2, 2020
Ramsey would suffer a shoulder injury that required surgery earlier in the year, with it looking like he would miss a fair chunk of the 2020 season.
However, due to COVID-19 Ramsey has been able to recuperate and he has recently gone back to training at the Dragons.
“My surgery was a bit of a blessing in disguise as when all football stopped I had surgery so most of my recovery was general movements and in a sling. I was lucky enough to see a physio to treat me throughout that time.”
A chance to show his talent in first grade is fast approaching for the 20-year-old as the Dragons have publicly backed Ramsey and are keen on giving him an opportunity.
Although Ramsey knows for that to happen there are a couple things he can work on.
“I think I’m going to try and keep training hard and get my strength and weight up and hopefully I will get my shot.”
The Dragons have recently confirmed that Cody Ramsey will be promoted into their top 30 in 2021, with an NRL debut surely soon to follow.