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Lolohea: I want to be a Warrior for life

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/07/2016
Tuimoala Lolohea © Getty Images Tuimoala Lolohea

Warriors rising star Tuimoala Lolohea says he's frustrated by coach Andrew McFadden's decision to leave him on the bench but has pledged his future to the club.

The 21-year-old has been benched in two of the last three NRL matches and is set to start from the pine again on Saturday against the Raiders.

Lolohea said he was upset to be outside the first 13 but respected McFadden's decision to overlook him.

"He thought it was right for the players on the field to stay on as they were doing a pretty good job," Lolohea said of last week's golden-point loss to Manly, in which he did not enter the field until the start of extra time.

"I'm loving it here at the club and I want to be here forever.

"I see this as my home."

McFadden told reporters on Wednesday that Lolohea was a special talent and his spell on the sidelines was just a "bump in the road" of his career.

He said rumours linking Lolohea with a move to another club were well off the mark and merely "speculation".

Lolohea, who prefers to play in the halves, is likely to take on the Warriors No.6 shirt when Thomas Leuluai returns to Wigan at the end of the year.

Lolohea said the club would benefit from strong competition for places in the long run.

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