HE started focusing on achieving his goal four years ago. And after being named into the Fiji Residents rugby league team for the Battle of the Bati clash next week, rookie halfback Joseva Vetaukula is relishing his late dad's final words: "Look after your mum."
Those words are the driving force behind the 21-year-old's rugby league career as he chases a spot in the Vodafone Fiji Bati team to the Rugby League World Cup next month.
The Bua man from Vanua Levu broke into the Residents' team last year and again proved his worth during the final trials last Monday.
Vetaukula said getting into the final team was tough. "I'm happy to be included again in the team," he said.
"I was part of the team last year and I'm thankful to make the cut again this year."
Vetaukula will man the number seven jumper for the Residents in next week's showdown against the Overseas Fijians. He said the game would be a tough battle with everyone wanting to be picked for the RLWC.
"I'm just taking things at a time right now. I'm learning a lot at training with the senior players and I am looking forward to the tournament next week.
"Now I'm still remembering the final words of my dad before he passed away and that was for me to look after my mother. I dropped out of school so I am focusing on rugby league to take me somewhere, where I can look after my mum well."
Vetaukula started his rugby career at Ba Provincial High School before joining Lautoka Central College where he played soccer. He played a crucial role for the Saru Dragons in this year's Vodafone Cup competition.
Osea Sadrau, Osea Uluinaceva, Josateki Savou, Jone Wesele, Tikiko Noke, Peni Botiki, Sevanaia Koroi, Semisi Tora, Asaeli Saravaki, Apenisa Cokanasiga, Ilikena Niumataiwalu, Joseva Vetaukula, Viliame Rakuli, Ilisavani Jegesa, Navitalai Ratulevu, Eroni Lima, Kitione Rasotale.
Non-travelling reserve: Aborosio Delaimoala.