New year and a new step - Lui
Tuesday 5 February 2013 4:26 PM
After being out of the game for almost 12 months, Cowboys halfback Robert Lui says he’s feeling excited about his comeback in this Saturday’s pre-season NRL trial against Brisbane in Mt Isa.
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Lui’s last game for the Cowboys was against the Gold Coast in round one last season.
The 15 minutes of game time he received is the total for his North Queensland career so far after he received a suspension in April for an off-field incident from 2011.
The former Upper Ross Rams junior trained with the Cowboys throughout his time out and is happy his playing ban is about to end.
“It’s been a long year just training but I’m getting excited about this weekend, especially playing in Mt Isa where I have some family,” Lui said.
“They’re big Cowboys fans and I’d like to be able to introduce them to some of the boys.”
Lui spent much of his training time alongside back-rower Tariq Sims who also had most of 2012 out as he recovered from a double leg fracture sustained towards the end of the previous season, before heartbreakingly suffering the same injury just two months into his comeback.
Sims has also been named in the 21-man squad to face the Broncos.
“It’s just going to be good for us to get back on the field,” Lui said.
“We’ve been training quite well lately and I’m going to take this (opportunity) with both hands and see what happens after this.
“It’s a new year and a new step in my life.”
Lui said he was looking forward to starting in the halves alongside Michael Morgan, who finished off 2012 as the Cowboys’ number seven.
Coach Neil Henry has Morgan as the front-runner ahead of Lui and Ray Thompson to be co-captain Johnathan Thurston’s halves partner for round one against Canterbury next month.
“We’re all good mates and that’s what the club’s all about – competition,” Lui said.
“We’re really going to push each other and whoever gets the spot, we’re going to cheer for them.
“I can’t wait to play alongside Morgo and all the boys. It’s going to be good.”