General Warriors fullback ready to fire


Warriors fullback ready to fire

Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 4:18 PM

Former Parramatta fullback Wade McKinnon isn’t concerned he may feel strange running out on Mt. Smart stadium with his new Warriors team mates for Round one of the NRL as there’ll be plenty of familiar faces.

McKinnon joined the Warriors this season after 2 seasons at Parramatta and as luck would have it the Eels are the first team he’ll play in the competition this season!

Any preconceived fears or anxieties the 25-year-old may have had were gone on his first day across the ditch.

“I’m fitting in great! It’s been really easy they’ve made me feel right at home. From the moment I got off the plane all the boys have made all the new players feel welcome and it feels like I’ve been here for years.â€Â

McKinnon didn’t worry too much about what differences there would be not only changing clubs but moving to a new country too but he says the players and head coach Ivan Cleary have impressed him with they way they approach their football.

“It’s a really close club, everyone knows what’s going on and Ivan has been great, he’s really easy to get along with so everything’s going well.

“It’s better than I expected weather wise too.â€Â

McKinnon isn’t the only new, young, Aussie making the switch Michael Crockett and Aidan Kirk are also looking to make the most of any opportunities at the Warriors and the fullback says there’s lots of banter with the Kiwis.

“Yeah it’s sweet. They’ve made us feel really welcome and we get along really well. All the boys are awesome actually.â€Â

The club, with major support from the NRL, will launch a blitz on Auckland as part of the Community Carnival in February visiting schools, shopping centres and hosting a big fan day before having an intra club trial.

The Warriors then have trials against the Cowboys and the Bulldogs before opening the season at home to Parramatta and McKinnon says the excitement is building at training.

“It’s the full squad now there were a few who returned before we broke up but everyone’s here now and it’s full steam ahead.â€Â

McKinnon already has round one circled in his calendar on March 17 and says he’s expecting to hear plenty from his former Eels team mates in the lead up.

“Yeah, yeah, definitely looking forward to that one! There’ll probably be a bit of a text message war that week with a few of them, but we’ll have to wait and see how it goes.â€Â

The Warriors started behind the eight ball last year docked 4 points for salary cap breaches and the new fullback says with an uninterrupted preparation this time they have set their sights on the finals.

“If you include th points that got taken away on that’s a top 8 finish, so a good start this year and we should be up there.

“It’s a really exciting challenge actually, a new club, new country, so I’m just looking forward to getting out there and playing with these boys.â€Â


*gets all excited too*

It's great hearing what they all have to say. It's all positive too. I'm so looking frward to Round 1! Bring it on!!


me to i enjoyed that, i like knowing about whats happening in the club.

Yep exactly right. You know how sometimes most of the pr stuff comes from like the more significant people it needs to be a little dry. But the players' opinions is what is importnat so when they get to express what they think you feel so much more apart of it.


good to hear the boys are getting along together, a happy team is a team that will go the extra distance for each other.


I just hope the die hard webby supporters give this guy a fair go. Its not his fault the club went the direction it did. He is a talented player and I am relaly looking forward to seeing what he can create for us.


I agree. No player is bigger than the club. I'll support anyone who wears a Warriors jersey.

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