New Falcons recruits leave demons of Sydney behind
NEW Sunshine Coast Falcons recruits Joe Uluibau and Kem Seru say they have left the bright lights of Sydney to embark on a fresh journey to realise their NRL dreams.
The pair admitted to being easily distracted by some of the temptations Sydney offered young footballers and were happy to be correcting any waywardness before it was too late.
"Last year we didn't have the best year, but I am hoping to leave the demons behind and find something here for myself," Uluibau said. "Just being around the boys and things - I had to leave the distractions behind.
"My family members were happy for me to come up here and find something new and restore my belief. I didn't play to my full potential (in 2014), but this year I am looking to pin my ears back and hopefully find myself again."
Uluibau, 23, is uncle to 22-year-old Seru, and they are excited at the prospect of playing in the same team in the Intrust Super Cup.
"It is always good to play alongside one of your family members, so I guess that will give me that extra bit of spark as well," Uluibau said.
"I want to bring some depth to the team and hopefully some experience as well."
Known as an electrifying centre, Uluibau spent the past two seasons contracted to the South Sydney Rabbitohs while playing for North Sydney in the New South Wales Cup.
He will be a leading contender to take ownership of one of the three-quarter positions, which will be hotly contested at the Falcons with up to six players vying for selection.
"It is always good to have a bit of competition and that is what you need to progress as a player," Uluibau said.
His nephew, Seru, is a man mountain who can play back row but is likely to be utilised at prop.
The former St George Illawarra junior said he was hoping to bring some serious punch to the Coast pack, which struggled at times during last season.
"I want to bring power back to the defence," he said. "The Falcons are moving forward and I am looking forward to leaving last year behind and being a part of it.
"Me and Joe are going to stick together and rip in."