Aloiai: “I feel like part of the team”
Thu 10th March, 02:19PM
Wests Tigers youn gun Josh Aloiai says he definitely feels a part of the team following his successful NRL debut against the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday.
Reflecting on the match as he spoke to the media today, the former Junior Kiwi said he was thrilled he was able to make his debut in front of family and friends against the side he once supported, after playing his junior football for the Glenora Bears in Auckland.
“It was an awesome experience," he said. "I was fortunate enough to play against the Warriors which is my home team so it was a real blessing,”
“I definitely feel like I’m part of the team and I fit in well. I feel included,”
The difference in the physical and mental aspects of the NRL compared to the lower grades was the biggest thing the 20-year-old took out of his first hit out.
“The physicality and just being mentally switched on at all moments," he said. “If you have any lapses then obviously it gets taken advantage of, so just staying in the game."
Preparing to take on the Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on Monday night, the young rookie said his side were prepared for a completely different Manly side this week after Trent Barrett’s side were convincingly beaten by the Bulldogs in their opening round clash.
“Round 1 there was a bit of rust, so a few things they’ll (Manly) be working on that I’m sure,” Aloiai said. I don’t think was a typical Manly performance but I think they’ll bring their best against us this week and that’s what we’ll prepare for,
“We’ve trained well… and we’re ready to go again and have another good performance.”