Lowrie excited for Warriors debut
He is a veteran player but everything is new and exciting for Warriors forward Todd Lowrie.
New baby, new club and a new house in a new country . . . it's been an eventful off-season for the Warriors recruit, who dons his new jumper for the first time in the Warriors' trial match against the Brisbane Broncos in Dunedin tomorrow.
"It's very exciting," Lowrie said.
"It's been a long off-season and I've done plenty of pre-season training. I'm so looking forward to actually playing a game of footy and my first run out in a Warriors jersey."
Lowrie's second child, a baby girl, arrived two days into the former Melbourne Storm and Parramatta Eel's season break. Combine that with moving to a new club and a new country and Lowrie beams a wry smile when asked if life has been hectic.
"It has been a pretty full-on few months with all the things that have been going on in our lives, but thankfully the club has made it very easy for me and the boys have been very welcoming, which has been fantastic," Lowrie said.
"It was a bit of a mystery to me. I don't personally know many of the Aussie guys who have played over here and I didn't speak to anyone prior to coming, but ever since I got here people have told me how much they enjoyed themselves and loved their time here. They've told me how good the club has been and some of them are still living here. Hopefully, it's something I'll enjoy and get a lot out of."
One player Lowrie knows well in the Warriors dressing room is Dane Nielsen who, like Lowrie, left the Storm in the off-season.
"Me and Dane get on really well and he's a good fellow to have around. He's a funny fellow and always has a smile on his face so it was pleasing to know he was coming here as well."
Lowrie, 30, stands out in a youthful Warriors side as a wise old head. He started his career at Newcastle before moving to Parramatta. His two years at Melbourne included being in the side which lost to the Warriors in the 2011 preliminary final and then when they won the 2012 premiership.
With 163 NRL games behind him, Warriors management no doubt hope Lowrie can show the way forward for the Auckland-based team.
"They want me to be a veteran leader and that's a role I'm happy doing. I've been playing for a fair while now, so it's good to be able to share some experiences and pass on some lessons I've learned. We've got a young squad, it's a very good squad but experience is that one thing we're lacking."
The Warrior shave been forced to make one change. Hooker Alehana Mara, who was to be on the interchange bench, has a groin injury and will be replaced by Pita Godinet.