Kristian Woolf believes Konrad Hurrell can thrive in the Saints environment after signing the Tongan International on a one year deal for 2022.
The Saints confirmed the capture of the 30-year-old former Leeds Rhinos centre earlier today and the boss has shed some light on what he believes Hurrell can offer the Saints in 2022.
On Hurrell, Head Coach Kristian Woolf said: “Everyone knows ‘Koni’ is a great character and he has a terrific ability to enjoy rugby league and make the fans feel a part of the team. What I also know is he is a terrific competitor and I know he has not been happy with what he has done in 2021.
“There are a number of reasons for that, people may forget he has had some family tragedy through lockdown which made last year a really tough year for him and that sometimes gets forgotten. He is a strong family man and that does affect your footy and what you can do on the field.
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— Konrad Hurrell (@konmanhurrell) October 22, 2021
“I have been really proud watching him get through that as well as overcome some injuries and I am really happy he is joining us. I know what he is as a player and he has played in some real big games for Tonga and been one of our best players. The 2017 World Cup beating New Zealand is an example, he really stood up in that game as he did against Great Britain and Australia in 2019.
“He was in the 2019 and 2020 Super League Dream team and coming into our environment next season I think he will really thrive in it. We will get him at his fittest and at his best and if we do that and he is happy, we will have a real player on our hands.
“He can be a real X Factor for us next year and I am sure the fans will love him.”
Hear from Konrad Hurrell below.
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