Wests halfback Robert Lui says he wants to be an integral part of the Tigers’ NRL premiership bid in 2011.
Lui, 20, admits that he had to learn his NRL trade quickly after deputising for Tim Moltzen, who suffered a season ending knee injury in round 5.
“The first couple of games last season it was a learning curve for me. I found my feet towards the back end and really enjoyed the season,’’ Lui said.
“I’m really pumped for this season. I’m looking forward to it. It should be a good year for Wests Tigers.”
With Moltzen due to return for the season’s kick off in March, Lui says the rivalry between them is spirited but not personal.
“I want to be the key person in the seven jersey,’’ Lui said.
“There is always plenty of talk about who will play half-back between Moltz and me but at the end of the day, it is what is best for the team.
“Moltz and I are good mates and the talk doesn’t faze us. Tim and I both want to be playing first grade in round one. It is a good challenge and it is good for the club as well to have two competitive half-backs fighting for the one position.
“All this talk in the end though means nothing as it will come down to Tim Sheens. If he feels I’m the number seven then so be it, if he feels its Tim, then that’s how it is.”