From Hawks to Sea Eagles By OLIVER MURRAY Wednesday, 26 October 2005 RUGBY LEAGUE BLOOMFIELD junior Mitchl Hurford may have suffered a shoulder injury this season, but the 15-year-old did enough to win a scholarship with the Manly Sea Eagles. As part of a two year scholarship Hurford will play with the NRL club's Harold Matthews side in 2006 before moving into SG Ball. Hurford was spotted by Manly scout Noel 'Crusher' Cleal while playing with Bloomfield Tigers under 15s this year at Max Stewart Oval. "I was playing club footy and ‘Crusher' was there," Hurford said. "Then he was talking to mum and dad at the pub that night. "I broke my shoulder the next week and didn't get to trial, but still got a scholarship." The centre will still live and go to school in Orange, but will travel to Sydney each Friday afternoon for training before playing on Saturday. The Harold Matthews season, which starts in February, runs for eight weeks meaning Hurford will return to play under 16s with Bloomfield. During school holidays Hurford will live in Sydney and get the opportunity to travel with the senior squads. "It's going to be pretty tough," Hurford said. "But it will be a good experience as well." This year Hurford played Group 10 and with the CHS Western side. Hurford will join five Orange Hawks (Bloomfield's senior club) at Manly next season – James and Tim Mortimer, Todd Barrow, Brooke Nickson and Josh Nixon.