Folau: AFL will be a challenge

Brisbane centre Israel Folau says he is looking forward to the challenge brought about by his move from rugby league to AFL and Greater Western Sydney.

Folau revealed his four-year $6million move from Brisbane to the new AFL franchise yesterday and admits he is not feeling any pressure to perform.

“To come to the Greater Western Sydney was really appealing to me,”Folau said at a press conference in Sydney yesterday.

“The majority of my family are back here too.

“As for myself, I thought it was the right time and a challenge that I thought that would be good for me and my career.”

Folau is the second high profile Bronco to make the switch to AFL after Karmichael Hunt‘s departure to play with the Gold Coast AFL side last year.

It is understood that the Broncos made an improved offer for Folau, but it was dwarfed by the sums offered to him by the new Sydney franchise.

Folau will finish the rest of the 2010 campaign with Brisbane before making the high profile move to AFL.

“I’m not feeling any pressure at all, I’m just looking forward to the opportunity that’s been placed before me,” he added.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, but it’s something I’m looking forward to.

“It’s going to be a great journey and an adventure for me”.

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