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Cory Parker is loving every minute of his time in Maroon.

The Thunderbolts talent was one of several youngsters to take part at the Queensland Academy of Sport Under 20’s development camp.

Parker was joined on the camp by Thunderbolts teammates Brodie Croft and Harry Grant.

It was his first taste of the Queensland system and he will be aiming to make the rep team when the Under-20s State of Origin game takes place later in the year.

“It is unreal, this is my first state rep team so it is all pretty new and exciting,” Parker said.

“I am just embracing this opportunity at the moment so hopefully I can work my way into the team.

“It was a big shock when I got picked for this team so just making the squad is a big achievement for myself. But now making the squad it is a big motivation for me to actually go on and play that game in Origin.”

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Parker credits Thunderbolts coach Eric Smith and assistant Sam Mawhinney for helping him continue to develop his game.

Now the Sunshine Coast local is firmly focused on the 2017 season with the Thunderbolts, giving the promising signs the team has shown throughout pre-season.

“It is going well, we are just in the latter parts of pre-season,” Parker said.

“We have had a tough pre-season up there on the Sunny Coast and we’ve got a few trial games coming up so hopefully we will have some more success this year.”

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