A new challenge awaits Glen Fisiiahi with the New Zealand Warriors utility back embarking on a return to rugby union.
A gifted player, Fisiiahi has been plagued by injuries the last few seasons and as a result, it has affected the ability to gain stability in the team.
In just five seasons, he has only managed 25 games because of the injuries. Things looked promising for Fisiiahi at the end of 2010, when he scored 22 tries that year and helped the Warriors win the Holden Cup premiership.
The Warriors are sad to see one of their own go and have never doubted his ability but they know that the injuries have not been kind to the man called ‘The Fish’.
â€œThere has never been a question about Glenâ€™s ability. Heâ€™s a hugely exciting player when heâ€™s fit,â€ said Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen glimpses of what he can do, like the four tries he scored against the Tigers in Wellington last year.
â€œItâ€™s been frustrating for him, though, because while the potential was obviously there he just hasnâ€™t been able to get on the field often enough and he has now decided he wants to have a shot at rugby union instead.
â€œGlen is disappointed rugby league hasnâ€™t worked out the way heâ€™d hoped and so are we. Weâ€™d all been hoping he would come through his setbacks but it wasnâ€™t to be. We wish him all the best in rugby union and weâ€™ll certainly be watching his progress with interest.â€
Fisiiahi was quick to praise the fans at the club for their support over the years.
“Thank you to the Warriors members and fans for your support over the years,” said Fisiiahi.
“It’s been a great experience.”
The new challenge will see the utility back play for the Chiefs in the Super Rugby competition nad he is excited to have a new opportunity.
â€œI have really enjoyed the league environment but I have rekindled my interest in rugby and want to try a different environment.
Iâ€™m looking forward to a new chapter in my sporting career and a fresh challenge,” said Fisiiahi.
â€œI have been impressed by what I have seen at the Chiefs and I believe it will be a good fit for me.â€
Chiefs Head Coach Dave Rennie knows that Fisiiahi is gifted and believes the roaming around in Union will suit him.
â€œGlen is a great addition to our group. In the mould of Asaeli Tikoirotuma, he is electric, has a strong skill set and is an outstanding support player,” said Rennie.
“The opportunity to roam on both sides of the park in our game will suit him.â€