"I needed a fresh start and the Warriors made an offer. I thought about it long and hard and they felt like a good fit for me."
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Luck was another Cowboy looking for opportunity. In five years with North Queensland he had played just 76 games.
only option for these Aussie expats
"I don't have any regrets," he said. "I'm enjoying my Nike Hypervenom Phantom 2 Fg Green time. I love the people and Auckland is a beautiful city. They've looked after me and hopefully I can repay them on Sunday."
"I needed to get out," he said yesterday. "I was in my comfort zone up there. I was playing inconsistent footy and hadn't really lived up to expectations.
Lillyman was already an Origin player when he made the move in 2009 after five seasons with the Cowboys but he admits his career was in neutral.
was shattered when told the Eels didn't want him after five seasons, but hasn't looked back since joining the Warriors this year.
In 2006, his first season with the Warriors he played every match, and passed the 100 game mark last year.
"I was sitting around in the lower grades at Melbourne and I just needed an opportunity to get out and get some regular first grade," he said. "The opportunity popped up over here and it's been a great move for me. I've enjoyed my two years here with another one to go. I'm just Hypershift On Foot
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rapt to be playing in the big one so early."
Jacob Lillyman grew up on a cattle station 500km west of Townsville. Michael Luck is another Queenslander. is a Parramatta boy and Orange born James Maloney learned his rugby league on the NSW Central Coast.
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Some, like Steve Price, and current coach Ivan Cleary who was fullback for the side in the 2002 grand final, have done better than others. But all have crossed the ditch for the same reason: to get a chance.
when the Warriors take on the Manly Sea Eagles for the most coveted trophy in the game. There have been plenty of Australians play for the Warriors since they entered the competition in 1995.
Maloney is different to the others. He wasn't an established NRL player when he came to the Warriors two years ago, just a young kid looking for a start.
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