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Stalwarts happy to be back in NRL
By Steve Gee From: The Daily Telegraph November 10, 2009 12:00AM
THEY were the NRL soldiers forced into Super League by the salary cap.
But returning servicemen Jason Cayless and Liam Fulton are adamant age shall not weary them.
If anything, the former premiership winners are convinced their European sojourns have primed them for another NRL assault with the Tigers.
Cayless, 29, spent four seasons at St Helens, before a serious shoulder injury ended his stay.
He underwent a fitness test before signing a two-year deal with the Tigers earlier this month and at 194cm will deliver some much-needed bulk to the pack.
The 2002 Sydney Roosters premiership winner was squeezed out of the club by the salary cap in 2006, but was always hopeful of a return to the NRL.
Fulton, who was a member of the Tigers’ 2005 premiership side, spent last season at Huddersfield to ease Wests’ salary cap woes.
And although he enjoyed the UK and playing under Nathan Brown, the 25-year-old back-rower didn’t need any convincing to return when Tim Sheens called.
“It was probably something I needed, something to freshen me up a bit,” he said. “I’m that keen (to be back). I’m even keen to do fitness today.” The ball-playing back-rower said his game had improved.
“I was playing 80 minutes pretty much every week and Nathan Brown gave me a kicking role and I seemed to go all right,” he said. “But whether or not I utilise it here we will see.”
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It will be interesting to compare Fulton from before the UK to how he goes next year.