Tupou Sopoaga has had to put his journalism desire aside in order to reignite his NRL career at the Penrith Panthers.
Following a breakout 2014 season Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has extended his contract at Penrith through until the end of the 2016 season.
He's gone through four coaches in two years, but Matt Moylan is far from a 'coach-killer' - he's one of the next bona fide NRL stars.
A few individual highlights in an otherwise underwhelming effort was enough to see the Cowboys down the Panthers 14-8, booking a spot in the finals.
The Storm easily accounted for Penrith to earn on Saturday their first win of the Auckland Nines weekend with a 20-4 victory.
The error count was huge in a stop-start game where a powerful performance from Issac Luke helped Souths edge out a very young Penrith side 11-4.
Penrith's Auckland Nines skipper Kevin Kingston says the unknown youngsters in the Panthers squad could well make a name for themselves over the Nines weekend.
Penrith recruit Tupou Sopoaga is ready to grab his opportune selection at the Auckland Nines with both hands.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has pointed to a hefty injury toll and Four Nations duty in naming a squad for the Nines with minimal first grade experience.
The NRL's big movers last season have a couple of genuine Fantasy stars in their ranks, plus some hugely talented youngsters waiting in the wings.