Moors storming towards grand final with Melbourne side
MELBOURNE Storm utility Junior Moors has already experienced the excitement of being part of NRL grand final day - now he wants to be involved as a player.
The talented singer and musician was part of the pre-game entertainment last year, thanks to his involvement in an NRL program designed to encourage kids from Western Sydney to take up music.
And after parting ways with Wests Tigers at the end of the season, the 26-year-old has found himself at a club that plans to be playing a different tune at ANZ Stadium on October 6.
"I got to rap a song before the main game on grand final day last year, but my music is on the backburner at the moment," Moors said.
"I'm looking to concentrate on my football. The No.1 priority is to cement my place in the side - that's the plan anyway."
The 26-year-old has made a decent start.
His first game for the Storm was in the World Club final against Leeds in February - a game the NRL premiers won 18-14.
Moors has since played three games for the club, including Thursday's 28-18 win against the Warriors.
After spending time at Penrith and the West Tigers before signing a one-year deal with Melbourne, the Kiwi-born backrower said a gruelling pre-season under coach Craig Bellamy had set him up for a breakout year.
"It was tougher than anything I had ever experienced," Moors said.
"I'm definitely fitter than I've ever been.
"I'm still about 113kg, but I've lost some bad weight and put on some good weight.
"It's been very helpful for the parts of my game that I needed to work on - like repeat efforts and getting involved in defence."
Not only is Moors enjoying his time at the club, he also said he was enjoying living in Melbourne.
"I've been really surprised how well I've settled in. I moved down here with my partner and 20-month old daughter and we're loving it," he said.
Being part of a winning side side with a winning culture no doubt helps.
Moors said while the city had been a pleasant surprise, finding out what had made the Storm so successful was no shock.
"There's no secret that defence is a really important part of the Storm's game," he said.
"But the expectation on each other is the biggest difference. Everyone expects the most out of each other.
"It's led by the players and you can't help but get on board."