6 April, 2018, 12:00 am
When Roger Tuivasa-Sheck chose to re-sign with the New Zealand Warriors on a lucrative four-year deal, the naysayers were quick to state the 24-year-old had kissed his rugby league career goodbye.The fullback can only crack a knowing smile when told of the public’s opinion of him when he committed to the club until 2022. “It’s a tough one, (hearing those comments) but at the same time I wasn’t listening to them before so there’s no real reason to listen to them now,” Tuivasa-Sheck told NRL.com. Named by coach Stephen Kearney as captain in 2017, Tuivasa-Sheck admits he didn’t embrace the role as well as he could have but is now settled in the role.
Jason Nightingale never wanted to leave St George Illawarra so he’ll be forever grateful to the Dragons for allowing him to reach his 250-match milestone as a one-club player. On several occasions when Nightingale had been off contract there had been temptation to venture elsewhere, but he couldn’t see himself wearing anything other than the Red V. And neither could the club. The club junior and 2010 premiership winner will return to where it all began at Jubilee Oval to celebrate his milestone when the Dragons host the Rabbitohs on Friday night.
North Queensland Cowboys assistant coach Todd Payten admits to being surprised by club chairman Laurence Lancini offering head coach Paul Green an ultimatum in their contract negotiations. The Cowboys have offered Green a three-year extension, and Lancini told News Corp that unless he accepted the offer soon, the club would explore negotiating with other potential suitors. Lancini made the point that Green, who led the club to a maiden premiership in 2015 and to last year’s grand final, was the first choice option for the Cowboys moving forward and that no negotiations had started with other coaches.