When opportunity comes knocking, it is often too good to refuse and for Jesse Parahi, he is in that boat. Joining the Wests Tigers in November from rugby union, he will now head back after receiving an offer.
Parahi will return to the code he is largely familiar with, in order to play in the Australian Rugby Sevens side at the 2016 Rio Olympics. His deal runs for 2 years.
Parahi is grateful to the Tigers for giving him an opportunity like they did, but when he had the chance to return to union, he could not pass it up.
â€œIâ€™ve received an opportunity to return to the Australian Rugby Sevens team,â€ Parahi said.
â€œIt has offered me a little bit more security over the next couple of years and I thought it would be a really good time to take that.”
Although it was a short stint for Parahi, it is one he enjoyed partaking in.
â€œIâ€™ve really enjoyed my time back in Rugby League, especially with Wests Tigers, theyâ€™ve been really good to me and itâ€™s going to be sad to leave but I had to take this opportunity,” he said.
â€œIâ€™ve made some really good friends here and thatâ€™s one of the saddest parts of leaving â€” I just really want to thank those guys for looking after me and showing me the ropes.â€
The Tigers themselves did not hesitate to let Parahi go, knowing full well the opportunity that was presented to him.
â€œWe wish Jesse all the best going back to Rugby Union,â€ Taylor said.
â€œWe really enjoyed having him at the Club and he brought a really professional attitude during his time here.
â€œIn the end, we didnâ€™t want to hold him back from a two-year contract (with Australian Rugby), while at this stage he only had the remainder of the season to go with us.”
Whilst injuries prevented him from making further inroads into the game, his improvement and work within the game was noticeable.
â€œInjuries knocked Jesse around (during his time at Wests Tigers), he picked up a knock in the last training session of our first trial game and from there it was a bit of a run of outs for him,” Taylor added.
â€œThat really halted his progression, which is disappointing because he was making good progression in regards to understanding the game.â€