He has had issues in the past but Nene Macdonald gets a chance to impress again, signing with the Cronulla Sharks.
The deal, which will run for the remainder of the 2020 season and for 2021, sees Macdonald primed to make a return.
The former St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans, Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys winger has a lot to prove.
Macdonald is also a PNG Kumuls international but John Morris was impressed with the winger’s attitude and mental strength.
“Nene has shown some really good signs over the last few months,” Morris said.
“He’s getting his life back in order, he’s training really hard, he’s in really good nick.”
Morris knows that Nene can perform at the highest level, and he is pleased to add him to the club’s backline ranks.
“We all know the talent that he has and he’ll bring much-needed experience as well as a different body shape to our team,” Morris continued.
“I’m looking forward to getting him match fit and for him to add some depth to our backline.”
After an injury cut his 2019 season at the Cowboys short, Macdonald was released for an off-field discretion.
With his career at an impasse, Macdonald admits that it was not an opportunity he was expecting.
“It was a big twist of events over the past year,” Macdonald said.
“I’m pretty excited to get started here, start training with the boys and get involved.”
Macdonald thought no opportunity would come his way until season’s end but he got a call and grabbed the chance.
“It sort of all happened in the space of a couple of weeks,” Macdonald continued.
“I was at home in Cairns and thought I wasn’t going to come back to any team until November.
“I got a call and grabbed it with both hands obviously, so I came down straight away.”