Hurrell leading upon return at Scorpions

28/08/2019 Posted by admin

CHANGE: Todd Hurrell in his new Macquarie kit ahead of this weekend’s season opener. Picture: Josh CallinanThe last time Todd Hurrell was playing Newcastle Rugby League he was holding aloft the 2016 premiership trophy as captain-coach of Souths.

After a season away the now 30-year-old returns to the competition via Macquarie – the same team he defeated in that grand final.

And he won’t just line-up with his new teammates in Saturday’s season openeragainst Lakes at home, Hurrell has been appointed co-captain for the club’s title defence.

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“The change has been good and Macquarie has welcomed me with open arms,” Hurrell said.

“I did the hard yards in the pre-season and fortunate enough to be named as co-captain with Nathan Cantor for the year.

“It’s pretty rewarding to be a leader of a club after such a short time.”

After contemplating a year off in 2017, Hurrell ended up playing half-a-dozen games and a losing grand final alongside younger brother Dean with the Comboyne Tigersin the Hastings Rugby League.

Hurell said it was a “refreshing” experience, but with three children under the age of four and continuing work commitments travelling to Sydneycoming back to play first grade again was far from a fait accompli.

Come December he was “missing it” and “toying” with the idea of returning.

This turned into early morning training sessions and dropping a little over 10 kilograms.

By the new year it was a matter of where, butliving at Macquarie Hills and with a couple of prior connectionsLyall Peacock Field ended up being the best fit.

“I didn’t shop myself around as such,” Hurrell said.

“I live out that way and obviously I went from Wests to Souths when [Macquarie coach] Adam [Bettridge] was there and we’ve got a good relationship.I had a chat with him in the new year and if I was going to play, to be honest with work and a young family, I wanted to play somewhere close.”

The lock said the aim now was to help the Scorpions claimback-to-back crowns.

Meanwhile, NSW Rugby League chief executive officer Dave Trodden attended Newcastle’s season launch at McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday night.

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