New Warriors deal for Lillyman
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:33a.m.
Former Queensland Origin forward Jacob Lillyman has signed a new one-year deal with the Warriors keeping him at the Auckland-based club until the end of the 2014 NRL season.
The 28-year-old, who converted from the second row to prop since joining the Warriors in 2009, will play his 71st game for the club when they face Brisbane on Friday night and was pleased to have his immediate future settled.
"I couldn't be happier knowing I have my future sorted out here until the end of 2014," said Lillyman.
The six-cap Queensland representative says he has never regretted making the move to the Warriors after playing 62 matches for the North Queensland Cowboys.
"It has been the best move of my career. I owe so many people here for the faith they've shown in me and for helping to make me a better player.
"Moving into the front row has been great for me. It's helped my career and it's a role I really enjoy," said the part-time bachelor of health sciences student.
Lillyman's new deal comes weeks after fellow front rower Ben Matulino committed himself to the club until the end of the 2015 season.
Coach Brian McClennan was happy to see the prop, nicknamed "Bull", extend his stay at the club.
"It's brilliant having Jake on our books until the end of 2014. Bull gives us so much quality in the way we start our sets.
"You always ask for consistency and Jake gives it to us in bucketloads," McClennan said.
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18/07/2012 3:41:28 p.m.
judy landon wrote:
WHY ? Start developing our own. 3 years under 20 champions where are they now? I just hope the persons who decided to sack their best player are,nt the ones planning the team personel for the next 3 years. When I heard that McClennan had the coaches job I got excited. I thought of all the high profile coaches to go through that place he was best qualified. Well that hasnt happened. Even watching him in the box on match day I see the uncertainty in his eyes and on his face. Reading into those things visual McClennan needs to take control, to be more influencial in the alround training and moulding of this group of young men. I made the comment when I first saw the 2012 squad my comment was this is the best roster in the comp., My opinion hasnt changed in that regard. Instead my concern and the dread that is beginning to envelop me is the obvious short comings of the coaching staff. The danger the Warriors now face is that 1 or 2 more losses may end their season.
18/07/2012 3:41:26 p.m.
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