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Seeing Corey Thompson really kick on and impress at full back for West Tigers has made me think, what other players have come over to Super League and gone back to the NRL as a better player?

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Couple of players that came over here not having made any impact on the NRL/ARL were Russell Bawden and Danny Nutley. Both went on to have decent NRL careers. Bawden played SOO too.

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Wendell Sailor, after he signed for Wigan. 😉 


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Going back a few years but a player that came over and went back a better player and had a huge impact in Australia was Gavin Miller.

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1 hour ago, Dunbar said:

Going back a few years but a player that came over and went back a better player and had a huge impact in Australia was Gavin Miller.

Went back and played for Australia and scored a try in the 1988 WC final.


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Colin Best

Tony Martin

Wally Lewis

Nutley was a good shout

Meninga....

 

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59 minutes ago, bobbruce said:

Sam Moa was awful for Hull went back to have a good season with the roosters 

That really surprised me. He wasn't awful for Hull, but wasn't memorable. At the Roosters, he was really good - he looked like a different player.


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2 hours ago, Futtocks said:

That really surprised me. He wasn't awful for Hull, but wasn't memorable. At the Roosters, he was really good - he looked like a different player.

I remember Sam Moa talking about how much he was grateful for the opportunity and how in awe of the players he was. Think he said he would have been happy to just play a couple of games or something like that. His attitude must have been better based on that mindset. 

Shows how important attitude is and the value of a coach who can positively influence this.

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14 hours ago, DoubleD said:

Seeing Corey Thompson really kick on and impress at full back for West Tigers has made me think, what other players have come over to Super League and gone back to the NRL as a better player?

Don't mean to be pedantic DoubleD but what you say here and the title of the thread are different. Here you say players who went back to Australia as better players but the title says went back to Australia and then became better.

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13 hours ago, Number 16 said:

Allan Langer... he sealed an Origin series win after a stint at Warrington. 😝

During a stint at Warrington!

All he needed was a little guidance from Lee Briers to become a legend.   When I say guidance, I’m referring to ON the field, not off it 😁

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2 hours ago, Dunbar said:

Don't mean to be pedantic DoubleD but what you say here and the title of the thread are different. Here you say players who went back to Australia as better players but the title says went back to Australia and then became better.

That certainly is pedantic, but I understand your point. I suppose it’s at what point you would consider that they got better. 

I suppose my intended question was, who ended up as a better player than either they were in their first stint in NRL or in SL, following their stint in SL.

Can we prove that SL is an attractive option as a stepping stone for aspiring NRL players, rather than those who have had their best years.

 I think Moa, Hiku and Green are all good examples 

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5 minutes ago, DoubleD said:

Hiku

He was pretty good before his stint at Warrington.   He joined us when we were having a bad season and came in without the emotional baggage or pressure so played his natural game with confidence.   He looked like an international and since going back he’s slowly developing that just like expected.... but he certainly didn’t improve because of being over here (if that’s what the OP was meaning).

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1 minute ago, Cheshire Setter said:

He was pretty good before his stint at Warrington.   He joined us when we were having a bad season and came in without the emotional baggage or pressure so played his natural game with confidence.   He looked like an international and since going back he’s slowly developing that just like expected.... but he certainly didn’t improve from being over here.

As I said, it’s very difficult to specify when and where a player has improved. Let’s just say he’s a better player for his stint over here.

He was a bit of a jack of all trades player but has now developed into a very good centre

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