Read About a Raider – Edrick Lee
Thursday 4 April 2013 2:26 PM
Melissa Hewitt: Eddie I absolutely love your hair style! Can you tell me the inspiration behind it? Is it based on Will Smith in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air?
Edrick: Hi Melissa, thanks for your feedback I’m glad that you’re loving the new hair style!
The inspiration behind the flat top hair style is most definitely based on Will Smith’s hair style when he was on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
I’m trying to bring that old school look back into the present and I guess its working.
Blake Matthews: Hi Eddie, I’ve really enjoyed watching your development! After playing centre for the majority of your Under 20s career you’ve only played on the wing in the NRL, what position do you prefer playing in and where do you see your future?
Edrick: His Blake, thanks very much for your support. I love the fans that get to the game early to watch the young players coming through in the NYC.
Although I’ve been playing on the wing in the NRL I most definitely see myself as a centre. That’s my preferred position and where I most enjoy playing.
In saying that though, I’ll put my hand up to play any position in the NRL for the Raiders. There’s a lot of competition for spots in the team at the moment especially in the outside backs so I’m happy to play wing and keep improving my game each week.
When the day comes that I get my opportunity in the centres I’ll take it with both hands!
James Popovic: I’ve read that you played basketball as a kid growing up did you ever seriously consider a career playing basketball? Why did you stick with league?
Edrick: Hi James, I played a lot of basketball as a kid growing up in Brisbane. I did have a serious chance to try and establish a career in basketball and was a part of the Brisbane Bullets development program but I chose rugby league because it was my family’s number one sport and I loved playing it.
My cousin Patrick Mills is playing in the NBA at the moment with the San Antonio Spurs and while we’re really proud of him my family are still mad rugby league fans. Every chance I get to watch basketball I do, I still have a big passion for the game.
Ryan Webster: Which basketball team do you support in the NBA?
Edrick: Hey Ryan, I’m a massive Lebron James fan so I support the Miami Heat.
Lachlan Johnston: You played in the Under 20s State of Origin last year what was that game like to play in? Do you enjoy giving it to the NSW boys at the Raiders about Queensland’s dominance at Origin time?
Edrick: Hi Lachlan, that game was a great experience for me. It was a real eye opener as it was my first proper rep game. It was good to play against players at that age that have had previous NRL experience.
The build-up was amazing and had me really pumped up for the game. I managed to play pretty well and scored two tries so that made me feel a little bit better after the loss.
I definitely love to give it to the NSW boys at the Raiders when Queensland wins in the State of Origin. There are a couple of us Queensland boys down here like Josh Papalii, Tony Milford and obviously David Shillington so it’s been a happy couple of years for me since I’ve moved down to Canberra ha!
Hopefully we can make it eight in a row this year!
Nicole McManus: When are we going to see some try scoring dance moves from you?
Edrick: Hi Nicole, as soon as we get a couple wins under our belt and I start scoring some tries I’ll be sure to bust out a few try scoring dance moves.
I’ve actually been working on some old school dance moves so you’ll have to make sure that you get out to the games to see them first hand!
Dean Solomon: Who was your favourite player growing up and who did you try and base your game around?
Edrick: Hi Dean, like a lot of kids growing up in Brisbane my age Wendell Sailor was my favourite player. He was an awesome player and a real character that brought fans to the games.
As I got older, Greg Inglis has become my favourite player. I’m a proud Indigenous person and he’s a great role model on and off the field for myself and whole Indigenous community.
I actually played against Inglis in my first grade debut against the Rabbitohs last year. It was a bit of a surreal experience but it was awesome to see him perform up close. Hopefully I can keep my position in the side for when we play Souths in round 19 and I can get one back on him.