Talented Canterbury Bulls loose forward Corey Lawrie has landed his dream opportunity in rugby league Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a contract with the Vodafone Warriors.
A self-confessed late bloomer, the 26-year-old Christchurch-born scaffolder was today confirmed as the latest addition to the Vodafone WarriorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 2007 playing roster after signing a one-year contract with an option for 2008.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I knew there was a bit of interest in me (from the Vodafone Warriors). This is a great opportunity,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I see it as my one and only chance and I just have to give it everything and see what happens.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Vodafone Warriors head coach Ivan Cleary said Lawrie had impressed every time heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d watched him play for the beaten Bartercard Cup grand finalists.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Corey has performed consistently to a very high level in the Bartercard,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Cleary.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good all-round player and has every aspect of the game covered.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lawrie, who turns 27 next February, thought time had passed him by.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I thought age might count against me but now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take on everything thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thrown at me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A New Zealand Residents representative the last three years, LawrieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s signing is also another signal of the Vodafone WarriorsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ commitment to New Zealand rugby league.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great for the club to have a player from the South Island,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Cleary.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We signed Simon Mannering from the Wellington Orcas and recently weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve taken on Russell and Paora Packer from the Central Falcons. Now we have Corey Lawrie coming on board.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Canterbury Bulls coach Phil Prescott is thrilled the opportunity has been offered to Lawrie.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so pleased for him. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been one of the best players in the Bartercard Cup for the last three years or so,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He mightnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be the biggest player around but he has plenty going for him.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the size to play in every position in a team but you could put him anywhere and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d instinctively know what is required of him in each one of them. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that kind of a player.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Lawrie will join the Vodafone Warriors for their off-season training programme in early November.
Born: February 15, 1980
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Position: Loose forward
Club: Canterbury Bulls
Representative: New Zealand Residents 2004-2006, New Zealand A 2004
Educated: Hornby High School, Christchurch
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