Tigers duo Jack Littlejohn and Kevin Naiqama sticking together as they complete carpentry course at TAFE
44 MINUTES AGO FEBRUARY 23, 2017
The Daily Telegraph
WHEN Wests Tigers playmaker Jack Littlejohn arrived for his first day of TAFE three weeks ago, he was glad to have teammate Kevin Naiqama by his side.
“It was great. There were no awkward moments on the first day where you don’t know anyone,” he says.
Littlejohn and Naiqama have started a carpentry course at Randwick TAFE, where they spend two nights a week learning the trade as they prepare for life after footy.
Not that working the tools is a foreign thing for the Wagga Wagga product.
“I like being outside and I like building things, so carpentry just made sense,” says Littlejohn.
“I’ve always worked, even when I’ve been playing full time.
“On my days off I’ll often go out and do a day of work.
“Sometimes when I’m playing NSW Cup, I’ll work the day then go to captain’s run in the afternoon.”
It’s the sort of work ethic that has Littlejohn in contention for a round one spot, with halfback Luke Brooks (hamstring) racing the clock and five-eighth Mitchell Moses (heel) also battling an injury.
Given his background in the trade, Littlejohn says he has a bit of a head start at TAFE when it comes to working the tools, but the mathematical side of the course is mostly new.
“Mondays is a lot of theory, a lot of maths, measurements and algebra,” he says.
“On Tuesdays we’re on the tools, learning how to use the hand tools, building the little projects they set us and getting assessed.”