Together with his minutes (66 per sport) steadily rising and offensive output (120 working metres and three.2 sort out busts every match) doing likewise, Payten is thrilled with Leilua’s contribution since arriving in late June.
North Queensland requested the query of an early Tigers launch a number of instances earlier within the yr, as did Leilua’s administration.
After repeated knockbacks, the Tigers finally opted to save lots of wage cap house and Leilua’s shift north was fast-tracked.
“I went into my supervisor’s workplace on a Thursday and he goes, ‘You’re off to North Queensland’,” Leilua stated. “‘Yeah, I do know. Subsequent yr’. ‘Nope, subsequent week. Get packing’.
“I flew in on the Monday and was assembly everybody that day, and now I’m a Cowboy. I’m very lucky that Toddy was eager [during initial talks last year].
“He simply spelled out that he noticed my expertise and needed somebody that might assist our younger blokes within the forwards coming via.I beloved that. I’m not likely a vocal bloke, I’m vocal throughout the crew. So somebody valuing that facet of my sport, that was interesting.
“I used to be born and bred in Sydney and felt like transferring away was a great alternative. Then trying on the squad the Cowboys had then, I wasn’t flawed, was I?
“Look the place they’ve put themselves earlier than I obtained right here, they had been high 4 so I’m simply completely happy to do my job and leaping on for the journey. Now we’re chasing a grand ultimate and might hopefully win it.”
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