”I wanted to repay the faith the club has shown in me and be that one man and one club like Anthony Minichiello”: Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Photo: Jonathan CarrollFrank-Paul Nuuausala walked into Trent Robinson’s office to tell his mentor he was joining Brisbane at the end of this year.
The conversation happened in the middle of the season when Nuuausala was considering his future. After much deliberation he had finally made up his mind that he would quit the Roosters and join the Broncos on a multi-year deal, ending his seven-year stint at the club.
This was before Robinson intervened telling Nuuausala to delay the decision.
”The coach fought for me and wanted me to stay,” he said.
”He told me to hold on and wait. He came back to my manager later that day and I stayed. I have unfinished business here.
”I wanted to repay the faith the club has shown in me and be that one man and one club like Anthony Minichiello. Robbo knows how much I love this club.”
Nuuausala has love for Robinson too. He credits the coach for revitalising not just the Roosters but his career too since Robinson’s arrival in the most recent off-season after slumping to 11th and 13th in respective seasons since their grand final appearance in 2010.
”My footy went on pause when he was away for two years and then he came back and pressed play again and reset it,” Nuuausala said. ”The way he speaks to us, he speaks to us like normal human beings. He is going to be a great coach and hopefully he’ll be in the game for many years.”
Meanwhile, fellow 2010 grand finalist Mitchell Aubusson said the team needed to absorb the lead-up to the premiership decider more than they did in before their grand final loss to St George Illawarra.
”I don’t think the sting of that loss will ever go away,” Aubusson said. ”A lot of us that are still here will probably do a few things different. We’ll relax and enjoy the week more and make sure we don’t let the occasion get to us. We’ll enjoy ourselves and do what we’ve been doing all year.
”In 2010 we knew had a really good team, to get to the grand final we were pretty excited. This year we have a team that’s been pretty good all year and we want to put in a performance and the type of game we want to play.”
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