Former Titan lands at Jets
FORMER Gold Coast Titans hooker Kierran Moseley believes the Ipswich Jets hold the key to his return to the NRL.
The 21-game veteran and 2015 Indigenous All Star comes to the Jets via the Townsville Blackhawks, and expects to fill a need at hooker or lock this season.
Or as co-coach Shane Walker put it, "wherever we can fit him”.
"Kierran is a high-class player, he's one of those guys you see in the NRL who is a victim of wrong club, wrong time,” Walker said.
"The games he played at the Titans, he was outstanding for them. He's a crafty little hooker.”
Moseley came to the Jets via a recommendation from former captain Kieron Lander.
But he had already caught the eye of the Walker brothers prior to that.
"When we played the Blackhawks last year, we'd done two short kick-offs to the left side and myself and Ben noticed they pushed right across (to cover),” Walker said.
"So we told Wes (Conlon) to drill it into touch on the other side. Kierran saw Wes come up to kick and he was screaming at his blokes - he was the only one on the field who knew something was up, and that's a testament to his instincts.”
Walker said the 23-year-old is a chance to come off the bench against the Hunters in Port Moresby tomorrow.
"He turned up in good shape which really helps, I think he trained with the Blackhawks up until Christmas, and then continued to train by himself,” the co-coach said.
"He knows his way around the field. He has the smarts, like all our indigenous players that we've got here - they've got that x-factor and instinct that you can't coach.”
The Jets proved an attractive landing spot for Moseley - the combination of location, surrounding talent and coaching prowess proving too good to pass up.
"Kieron Lander gave me a call and asked how my footy was going (in Townsville),” Moseley said.
"My missus is from Tweed. She wasn't enjoying it and it was affecting my footy, so I thought it might be best to move back down here.
"I spoke to Ben and Shane, and with Ipswich being the club they are, with a strong history and getting people back into the NRL, I came out here and started training.”
Moseley was adamant a return to the NRL was his biggest motivating factor. But he is willing to make every post a winner with the Jets to ensure that becomes a reality.
"I knew the club was going to be great, with the players they've got and the people running the show here,” he said.
"I've fit in really well, and all the boys have made me feel welcome.
"There's good quality players here already, I can't just come in and take a position. I'll lose the respect from the players.”
"He's not without a chance of going back,” Walker added of the new Jets recruit.
"Rod Griffin was 28 and he got signed to an NRL deal from here, so it's certainly a possibility.”