Inu: Forget the Dog-gone rumours
Bulldogs centre Krisnan Inu has shot down reports that he's on the outer at Belmore, declaring that he isn't even listening to offers to play first grade at other clubs.
In camp with Samoa for his first ever appearance for the island nation on Saturday night, the 27-year-old said that even though he's yet to break into Des Hasler's side this year, he won't give any thought to jumping ship mid-season.
"No, I'm committed to the Bulldogs. I think I've had enough changes in my career and I'm happy where I am with the Bulldogs as my home," Inu told NRL.com.
Speculation was rife over the weekend that the former Kiwi international was considering a move to resurrect his career under Craig Bellamy in Melbourne. Earlier in the year it was rumoured a switch to Concord was on the cards; however Inu took the opportunity on Monday to set the record straight.
"It's frustrating when people seem to know my future and I don't," he said. "But in the end, I know what's happening and people will question it but at the moment I'm not going anywhere.
"I'm still at the Dogs until the end of next year. That might clear a few things up for everyone, and a few rumours."
Inu in fact hinted that a recall was on the cards for last week's win over the Warriors, before he was suspended for a spear tackle in the NSW Cup.
"I've just got to push myself to get back into the side. I've just come back from injury and last week I got suspended. Last week could've been a comeback game but due to suspension I didn't play," he said.
"It's been hard. It's just one of those things really. You can't change a winning team. When the boys are going good, you can't change what's not broken. Things are going well. I'm happy. It's a good sign for the club to have a few players out on the sidelines ready to go when needed."
Inu, who was born in New Zealand, was part Stephen Kearney's World Cup squad last year but managed just one game during the campaign. So when an opportunity arose to represent Samoa, the country where both his parents were born, the ex-Warrior was more than happy to put his hand up.
"They just thought I was joking because I said I always wanted to play for Samoa and they've never believed me," he said.
"But when it got out in the news, the papers and the media, they actually realised that it was true. They were very happy.
"It was always going to be a big decision choosing to play for a different team, but it was one of those things I've always wanted to do and I'm happy to be in camp now with all the boys."
With a spot in the Four Nations tournament at the end of the year on the line, Inu said Saturday's clash against Fiji was an important game in the country's development as a rugby league nation.
"Obviously it's a key part in why we're here – the whole purpose of trying to win this game. I know myself it was a big push in why I wanted to play," he said.
"I know it's big not just for us, and our families, but the country to play in that Four Nations tournament. It's going to be good for whatever team wins.
"I know it's going to grow, and I know the fans love it when the islander boys get together and play against each other. Hopefully it's a permanent thing in the years to come."
Inu made his international debut for New Zealand on April 7, 2007, after just one NRL game. He has played just five Tests altogether – and just two since 2008.