Greenshields happy with return to NRL
Thursday 8 November 2012 2:01 PM
New Toyota Cowboy Clint Greenshields says he already knows he has made the right decision to come to North Queensland after spending six years with the Catalan Dragons in Super League.
The 30-year-old arrived in Townsville on Wednesday and will start pre-season training on Monday as he resumes an NRL career which went on hold when he left St George Illawarra in 2006.
Hearing Australian accents instead of French ones is just one of the reasons why Greenshields, who can play in most positions in the backline, feels like he’s home after just two days in his new surroundings.
“It’s great to back closer to the family,” Greenshields said.
“Although my family isn’t from up there, they’re in Coffs Harbour (in NSW), it’s only a three-hour flight away whereas going to France was something like 26 hours.
“People drive three hours to work sometimes.
“It’s a lot more comforting just knowing they’re in the same country. It’s nice to just be able to ring them.
“I was away for six years and it was just getting to be a bit long.
“I’ve also got a few friends that are playing at the Cowboys so it’s good to be here.”
Greenshields played with Ashton Sims at St George Illawarra and with Dallas Johnson at Catalan Dragons, while current Cowboys strength and conditioning coach Steve Hooper also came to North Queensland from the French club.
The fullback was in contact with Johnson throughout the 2012 season and thinks he may have had something to do with him earning a contract for 2013.
Greenshields thinks that being at a club that includes players such as Johnson, co-captains Matthew Scott and Johnathan Thurston, State of Origin winger Brent Tate and Dally M Medal runner-up Matthew Bowen will help him improve his football, even in the latter stages of his career.
“It’s only going to make me better as a player,” he said.
“I really enjoyed my footy last year but I can still improve and learn a lot off the other blokes.
“It’s going to be a hard team to crack, but hopefully I can give the team some depth and we’ll see what happens.
“Staying injury-free and staying consistent – that’s the goal.”
Greenshields made 142 appearances for Catalan and with 77 tries, he is the club’s all-time leading tryscorer.
He also played two Tests for France, against England and Australia, in the 2009 Four Nations tournament and was named in the 2008 Super League Team of the Year.