A journey that was supposed to take a few months has stretched beyond a decade and delivered Kierran Moseley to another rugby league milestone.
The Norths hooker will play his 100th Hostplus Cup match when the Devils take on Tweed Seagulls at Runaway Bay tomorrow.
It all started when Moseley left his hometown Cloncurry for a few months to play for the Townsville Stingers in the Queensland Under 16 competition.
Moseley was placed with a Townsville family and enrolled at Kirwan State High School while the competition was held but he never went back to Cloncurry.
“My Mum laughed and told me she would never have let me go if she knew I was going to be away for so long,” Moseley said.
“I didn’t expect I would be there after the (Stingers season finished) because it was so different to start with but I just kept going and things changed.
“I guess I’m still going on that journey.”
Moseley was spotted playing for Kirwan High by coach Garth Brennan, who was working in the Penrith Panthers system at the time. Moseley signed for Penrith, where he first met Devils coach Rohan Smith, and made his NRL debut as a 20-year-old.
He signed a two-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans, featuring in 20 NRL matches, while also making his Cup debut with Burleigh Bears in 2015.
Moseley has played only two matches with Norths since signing in the off-season but it seems fitting that he will reach his Cup milestone in Devils colours.
The connections that Moseley has with Devils teammates underline the depth of the 27-year-old’s career.
In 2012, he was selected in the Queensland Under 18 team coached by Norths legend Kevin Carmichael and featuring Devils squad members Connor Broadhurst and Lloyd Perrett.
The following year, Moseley was part of the Penrith team that won the NRL Under 20 grand final, defeating a Warriors team led by Devils co-captain Michael Sio. The NRL Under 20 team of the year in 2013 included Devils co-captain Jack Ahearn and Devils 2021 premiership winger Jon Reuben.
“I’m really enjoying it here,” Moseley said.
“I wanted a change of scene and I wanted to come here and play the style of football that Norths plays.
“That’s the style of footy I grew up with in Cloncurry. It’s fun and Ro (coach Smith) instils a lot of belief in us. The culture here is really good and it’s a real family environment.”
Moseley signed with the Devils after four seasons with Ipswich, where he played in a win over Norths in the last regular season match of 2021.
He remains determined to return to the NRL but Moseley is grateful and grounded as he mixes his football career with his role as a youth worker.
“Sometimes it’s easy to take life for granted and the opportunities that come up,” Moseley said.
“I get to see some young people who have had some pretty tough life stories. They do it tougher than others but they keep on going.
“It makes me grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and for what can lay ahead.”
The Devils will play at Runaway Bay for the first time tomorrow in a match that was originally scheduled for Tweed’s home ground at Piggabeen.
Consistent rain forced the Seagulls to move the match on Tuesday to Kingscliff, where the Devils had played three times previously, but more rain prompted the switch to Runaway Bay for a 12.10pm start.
It will be the first time the Seagulls and Devils have met since Norths stormed home to win their qualifying final at Bishop Park last September.