There was speculation that he was set to depart the club but that will not happen now, with Robert Lui staying on with the North Queensland Cowboys for at least one more season.
Re-signing for the 2015 season with the Townsville-based club, the decision ultimately came down to a love for the club and being close to family.
“There was a lot of thought going into it, but it was good to get the deal done,” said Lui.
“I love the club and my family’s here, so yeah, I’m happy.”
Tough times were a part of Lui’s life previously but after rehabilitation and a desire to improve with the help of the club, Lui is grateful for the opportunity.
“Yeah, they’ve been good to me, especially when I first came here,” said Lui.
“I’ve really learnt a lot from Greenie [Paul Green] and the coaching staff.”
With close friend Ray Thompson also staying at the club, that was just another reason behind Lui’s decision to stay.
“Yeah, Ray Ray. My son’s godfather,” said Lui.
“We’re all a good bunch of boys and I’m really looking forward to the next couple of games.”
Form for any player tends to come and go and after a lean start to the year, Lui has lifted his game and work ethic and bounced back to perform.
“I just wanted to stay focused for the team,” said Lui.
“I had a look at myself and ticked off a few boxes, making right decisions and now I’m looking forward.”
Ask Lui and recent confidence is the reason behind his form reversal.
“Just confidence on the field and with my defence as well,” said Lui.
“Off the field, I’ve been working hard on my diet and that’s made a difference.”