Moses Suli is desperate for another chance at NRL.
Let go by the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the space of a month, Suli has been playing for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.
His widely reported training habits that cost him two contracts seem to have taken a turn for the better, looking light on his feet just a few weeks since returning from injury.
Suli played against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs this afternoon, returning to Belmore Sports Ground for the first time since being let go. After the match, many of his former teammates got around him and all said something to the tune of “it’s good to see you playing again.”
“It was awkward coming back here at the start, but seeing some of the boys, they made me feel welcome,” Suli says to NSWRL.com.au.
“It feels good playing again, I’ve been waiting for this moment since I got injured last year.
“I’m just happy to be back out here, and hopefully I’ll get a crack in first grade sometime soon.”
With the mass injury toll and the salary cap situation at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, it’s unknown if or when Suli will get his chance at NRL in the near future.
There’s no doubt that Manly could use someone like Suli at the moment, but under no circumstances will they be rushed into bringing him back too quickly should they even get the opportunity.
Suli, however, is desperate for Trent Barrett to keep him on his radar.
“We’ve spoken here and there, he just wants me to keep doing what I’m doing and train hard,” Suli says.
“He wants me to put my best foot forward and perform out here on the field.
“I’m trying my best, but hopefully ‘Baz’ [Barrett] picks me and I get a crack soon.”
It was a heavily disrupted and drama-filled pre-season for Suli, but it seems he’s settled in to Blacktown now.
During the interview with Suli after his game against the Bulldogs, he mentions that he hopes for a crack at first grade on no less than four occasions.
If the dramas earlier in the year created assumptions that he’s not committed to playing first grade, his attitude and mindset has improved dramatically for the better.
“I’m settling in to Blacktown slowly,” Suli says.
“I’m just happy to get back on the field with the boys and get some match fitness out of it.
“Hopefully I get a crack soon.”