No doubt the first questions you will hear raised is why do they need him, and how will the Storm’s depth cope without him – but for Storm centre Dane Nielsen, he has made the decision that he feels is best for his career.
That decision, was to leave the Melbourne Storm and sign a 3-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors starting in season 2013, with Vodafone Warriors Recruitment and Development Manager Dean Bell, confirming the signing of the QLD representative.
â€œHeâ€™ll bring a lot to the Vodafone Warriors through his experience with such a strong club like the Storm and through playing Origin football,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s a huge positive for us to secure a ranking Origin player and getting one who has played with three of the best players in the game â€“ Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith â€“ as well as learning so much through a coach of Craig Bellamyâ€™s ability.â€
Nielsen, who is a native Torres Strait Islander, said it was the young talent at the club that appealed to him, as well as the tough, physical style of play, that the side exudes on the field.
â€œOne of the things I really like is that there are so many good young players coming through the club,â€ he said today.
â€œI also like the way the Warriors play. They always give the Storm a tough time whether we play them here or in
Auckland. Weâ€™ve had some great games between the two clubs.”
With the move to take him away from Australia, Nielsen says that he has no such problems with that.
â€œIâ€™ve been living away from home since I was 18 or 19. Iâ€™ve been in Sydney and now Melbourne so itâ€™s not an issue for me at all,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve got this year to worry about first but then Iâ€™ll be looking forward to coming to a new city and a new club and doing all I can to help on the field and off it.â€