Ipswich born Ali Brigginshaw has had her dreams come true after becoming one of the first marquee signings for the Brisbane Broncos this week.
The 28-year-old grew up supporting the Broncos and her dreams of pulling on the brown and yellow are set to become a reality.
"It's been a dream of mine, I just never thought it would actually come true," she told Broncos media.
"It's surreal that little girls, when they get older, can actually pull on that maroon and yellow jersey.
"I'd run around and pretend to be Allan Langer and those guys but to actually be here, I don't think it's going be real until we run out on Suncorp Stadium," Brigginshaw said.
Growing up in the Western corridor she attended Raceview State School and became the first-ever girl to represent Met West in rugby league playing in the under-12 schoolboys team.
At that time, there were no dedicated schoolgirls teams and it wasn't easy.
Brigginshaw revealed in a Players Voice piece she had people point and laugh at her, at one stage some parents took a video of her and sent it along with a film of their son to use as a comparison to persuade the selectors mind to choose the male player over her.
When she turned 12, like many other Jillaroos, she was told that she had no future in league as girls were not allowed to play so she went to touch football and went on to represent Queensland and Australia.
She found a team again as an 18-year-old with the Souths Logan Magpies, where her career took off.
When she first started playing for Australia, she was in Zealand for her first game and the team played on a backfield with two street lights but the game has changed.
At last year's World Cup Final at Suncorp Stadium, the Jillaroos and Silver Ferns played in front of almost 40,000 fans ahead of the men's final.
From not feeling accepted out on the pitches as an 11-year-old to walking into Red Hill and feeling part of the Broncos family right away was a great feeling.
"When I walked into the club today, the boys automatically said hello and asked how I was going, they are starting to recognise me being around the club and that's a great feeling," Brigginshaw said.
"The Broncos are really about the culture, and that's what I want to bring to the women's team as well."
The inaugural NRL Women's Premiership will kick off in September during the NRL Finals Series but Brigginshaw will first be on the field on June 22 in the inaugural Women's State of Origin at North Sydney Oval.
Match will be live on Channel 9 from 7:30pm.