A change of club can often do wonders for a player for any number of reasons and for Justin Horo, a move to the Manly Sea Eagles has seen the club get the best out of him, with the back-rower now in career best form and one of the form back-rowers of the competition.
With his form as good as it is, he and the club have agreed to a new 2-year deal, one that will see Horo remain a Sea Eagle until the end of the 2015 season.
Horo, 26, is thankful for the chance that Manly gave him and he is more than willing to repay them as a result.
“Iâ€™m absolutely delighted. Manly gave me a chance, and Iâ€™ve never worked harder to repay that faith,” Horo said.
“I love the culture, comradery and sheer ability at this club and to have started every game and be preparing reviews of electronic cigarettes for a finals series is something I cherish.”
Scoring nine tries this season in a sign that he is well and truly in top form, Horo’s work-rate has improved and his form is likely to see him earn a berth for the New Zealand side at the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
“Thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m not getting carried away with,â€ Horo said.
â€œI have an important role to play for Manly now, and thatâ€™s all Iâ€™m trying to do.”
One person who has monitored Horo a lot since he joined the club has been Manly coach Geoff Toovey, with the Manly legend highlighting and praising Horo for his consistency in 2013.
â€œHis commitment in both attack and defence is something he can be very proud of,” said Toovey.
“The impressive part is heâ€™s a grounded individual who doesnâ€™t get ahead of himself. He knows thereâ€™s a long way to go.”