Extra attention a positive....

Extra attention a positive, not distraction, for Grant
Dan Talintyre
Tue 14 Jul 2020, 02:04 PM

Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant says he’s seeing the extra attention around him and his future as a positive — not a negative — as he looks to help his side bounce back this Friday against the Broncos.

A standout performer for Michael Maguire’s side through the opening half of the season, the on-loan hooker said he’s enjoying the support and attention thrown his way by Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm fans alike, and said that the positive feedback is helping him enjoy the opportunity afford to him this year.

“It’s really good that the fan base here are getting behind me,” Grant told reporters on Tuesday after a wet and windy training session.

"I’m really appreciative that they have got on board with me being here — it’s a bit of a different scenario that we’ve found ourselves in this year so I’m just glad they’re getting behind me and backing me every week.

"I’m 100 percent just concentrating on Wests Tigers and then whatever happens [next year] happens.

“I’m just enjoying playing NRL,” Grant added.

“That’s what I came here for, and the same goes for Paul [Momirovski] down in Melbourne. He’s playing good footy and has a great opportunity with the Storm this year, so it’s just enjoyable to be playing NRL.”

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Not daunted by discussions around his future in the game and contract talks, Grant instead said his focus had been on making the most of his debut season in first-grade alongside his Wests Tigers teammates.

“I just playing enjoy footy anywhere,” Grant laughed when asked of his future.

"I just love playing and the chance to play NRL each week is fantastic. Being able to play with guys like Benji Marshall — who was an idol growing up — is pretty special.

Match: Wests Tigers v Broncos

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Venue:Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

“I’m just focusing week-to-week and trying to get my game and the team back to where we want it to be.”

Wests Tigers will look to consolidate their spot in the top eight this Friday when they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Leichhardt Oval — Grant’s first game at the suburban ground since officially joining the club after Round 2.

It was never in doubt he’d be going back

NRL 2020: Star Wests Tigers hooker will honour Melbourne contract
Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant has given Melbourne his word he’ll return to Storm in 2021 whether NRL legend Cameron Smith plays on or not.

Harry Grant has become a fan favourite at the Wests Tigers, but the rising hooker says he’s given Melbourne “my word” he’ll return in 2021 as part of the NRL’s first loan deal.

Grant’s playing future beyond this season has created conjecture following his standout form for the Tigers.

In his seven games since joining the club from Melbourne in March as part of a loan deal with back Paul Momirovski, the Rockhampton-born rake has scored two tries and revitalised the team’s attack.

This has prompted passionate Tigers fans to urge Grant to turn his back on the Storm and sign long-term with the joint-venture club, given the presence of NRL legend Cameron Smith in the number nine jersey in Melbourne.

Smith, who turned 37 in June, is yet to announce whether he’ll play on next season.

But Grant made it clear he will return to Melbourne even if Smith opts to play on.

“I’ve given Melbourne my word that I’ll go back,” Grant said.

“They were good enough to give me an opportunity so that is how it is.

“It has always been Wests Tigers in 2020 and back to Melbourne in 2021, so that is how it will be at this stage.


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“That is the way it has been with the loan deal and it is just the way it is going to go.”

Cameron Smith shows no signs of slowing down in Melbourne. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Cameron Smith shows no signs of slowing down in Melbourne. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Grant, though, is humbled that the Wests’ faithful have fallen in love with his hard-working and shrewd style.

He has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Tigers and learning from experienced players like Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence.

“Everyone at the club has been great to me,” he said.

“It is a good feeling for me knowing that I’ve got the fans behind me and supporting me week to week.

“That is what I’m here to do is to play footy, but it helps that I’ve got the fans behind me.”

Tigers prop Josh Aloiai would love Grant to remain at the club after forming a strong combination with him in the front-row.

Aloiai believes the gifted Queenslander is destined to succeed.

“That is the good thing about him – he is a sponge and that is why I think he is going to go to the heights of our game,” Aloiai said.

“He is also a good kid. Good people who want to learn always make for good players.

“I feel like he has got all the traits of a person that is going to play our game for a long time.

“He is very mature, intelligent and wants to learn – he doesn’t represent someone who has only played nine NRL games.”

Aloiai will miss Grant’s skill and friendship when he returns to Melbourne next season, but he will also miss his sense of humour.

“Harry can take a joke,” he said.

“The forwards have been giving him a hard time because he hasn’t been rapping us enough about his good form.

“He needs to pull his head in a bit there because us forwards have been making him look good.

“But I love playing with Harry. You would be silly not to want to play with him. I have a good partnership and friendship with him off the field.”


Apparently going back to storm

@hobbo1 said in Extra attention a positive....:

It was never in doubt he’d be going back

I thought he would stay If smith played on

Grant’s awesome. I’ll (probably) always like him as a player, even if he goes back to Storm. As long as too much of Cam Smith doesn’t rub off on him.

Never say never
they have to say that at the moment we have a loan deal in place

Yes he speaks about giving his word to go back to storm…however things can change during a footy season…I hope its a PLOY and just words to make the media happy…he could still stay…

@Jedi_Tiger said in Extra attention a positive....:

Never say never
they have to say that at the moment we have a loan deal in place


Words are as honorable as contracts. Haaaa.

Gives his word he’s going back yet throws out phrases like “whatever happens happens” and “at this stage” 🤷‍♂️

If he doesn’t go back there will never be another loan deal in the NRL again.

@GNR4LIFE said in Extra attention a positive....:

Gives his word he’s going back yet throws out phrases like “whatever happens happens” and “at this stage” 🤷‍♂️

Very Aaron Woods-ish

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