By Blake Edwards
Illawarra Cutters winger Mitchell Porter is one player enjoying the challenge of his first season with the NSW Cup club.
The Warialda Wombats junior made his debut during the 42-12 loss to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Round 9 having impressed with the team during the pre-season.
Porter was originally part of the Western Suburbs Devils team and competed in the local Illawarra Coal League where he made a name for himself becoming the league’s top points scorer two years in a row.
The flanker admits he is enjoying the company of his new teammates and notes that there is a strong bond within the playing group which has resulted in a relatively successful season thus far.
“Making my debut against the Sea Eagles was great and a big relief indeed,” said Porter.
“I had previously been named on the team list on numerous occasions but until then had not got the chance to play.
“I’m enjoying the challenge of continuing to compete with other players at this level to try and hold down a spot and it is something I look forward to each week.
“To be honest, being a part of this squad has been unreal as we are a close group who simply get along really well.”