Konrad Hurrell happy to stick with his family

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 13/07/2014
Konrad Hurrell
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OUT OF ACTION: Powerhouse centre Konrad Hurrell has a hamstring issue and is not available for the Warriors clash with the Sharks in Auckland on Sunday.

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Konrad Hurrell says he is not interested in rugby and will show loyalty to the Warriors.

Hurrell, 22, who last night played his 50th game for the Warriors, had been linked with a return to rugby - the code he started in, and from which he was talent-spotted by the NRL club.

In recent weeks Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie has said the Super Rugby franchise would be interested in signing the hard-running Hurrell.

However, a strong run of form and a penchant for tries which sees him on 12 for the season, equal first with experienced and prolific try-scorer Manu Vatuvei, has claimed a special spot for Hurrell in many Warriors fans' hearts.

He has certainly put behind him an indiscretion which saw a sex video of him go viral, resulting in him being fined $5000 by his club.

Tonga-born Hurrell moved to New Zealand in 2009 after being awarded an athletic scholarship to Auckland Grammar. He played in the backline for the first XV before switching codes in 2011 and being selected for the Junior Warriors.

He debuted for the top side in 2012.

Hurrell said last week he had no intentions of turning his back on the Warriors. He is signed until the end of 2015.

"[The Chiefs] were interested, but I have got one more year in the club and I have got to stay loyal to the club. They have helped me through thick and thin. I have got to do my job here first and then, hopefully, they will give me another chance."

Hurrell said he was "stoked" to be playing his 50th game for the club.

"This is where I started, hopefully more games will come and hopefully I will stay a bit longer. I just went to train and prove myself every week.

"I am feeling I am heading in the right direction - it's coming from the coach and all the staff - they push me along."

Hurrell said this year had been a tough one for him with weight battles and having to deal with indiscretions, which took away from his game.

"I have been down sometimes but it's always good to know that these boys are around you. I call them my family."

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