Switch to the Eagles proves a good decision for family man

AT 32 years old, Albert Talipeau remains undecided about his future.

But as he prepares to run out for Goodna in tomorrow's IRL A-grade grand final, Talipeau could easily have been doing so in a Brothers jersey.

When he decided to leave Swifts, who he led to the 2010 title, Talipeau all but signed with the Brethren.

"They approached me and I went to training with them in the pre-season," he said.

"I did agree to join them with a handshake. But then (Goodna chairman) Gary Parker rang me.

"I was happy to have a quiet chat with him and he said Goodna had not won the title since 2005.

"I thought Brothers have been very successful and I like a challenge so I took it."

He won't regret his decision, whatever the result tomorrow.

With a second child on the way for Talipeau and partner Caitlin, retirement is shaping as a realistic proposition once this season is out of the way.

A sound family life was part of the reason they moved from Sunnybank to Springfield Lakes, where they live now.

"We wanted to raise our kid in a family friendly area," the former Sydney Rooster and Samoa international said.

"It's been really good.

"My experience with David (Solomona) and Sione (Faumuina) has been really good. And trying to help out the younger guys."

To finish this season, and possibly his career on a high note, Talipeau knows Goodna's defence will have to be even better than it has the past few matches.

"The most impressive thing has been our goal-line defence," he said.

"It's pretty tight, with everyone working hard for each other."

So tight it thwarted Swifts when it mattered most in the second half of their preliminary final last weekend.

Swifts had plenty of opportunities but could score the try to get them into the grand final.

At one point Bluebirds five-eighth Josh Cleeland punched the ground in frustration at being unable to crack the Eagles defence.



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