Leeson Ah Mau

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  1. nontime111

    nontime111 Juniors

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    Leeson has integrity thats why, one of my fave modern Dragons Im still so cut hes leaving
     
  2. denis preston

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    About the only one.Remember Tony Dearcy for Penrith and Peter Sullivan for us in the late 60's ?
     
  3. AyiosYiorgos

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    Garrick Morgan did he end up playing a few games for the Crushers, real bad from memory..
     
  4. TomRedVRiver

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    Now pretty much confirmed that Leeson is moving back home next season. As we suspected, family reasons. Can't compete with that sadly!


    Ah Mau comes full circle with Kiwis selection

    Brad Walter Senior Reporter, in Denver
    Tue 19 Jun 2018, 11:01 AM

    The career of St George Illawarra forward Leeson Ah Mau has come full circle, with the 28-year-old set to fulfil a lifelong ambition to play for the Kiwis in this weekend's Denver Test before next season's move home to New Zealand with the Warriors.

    Ah Mau, who has been in career-best form for the Dragons, represented Samoa in 16 Tests but he grew up in Auckland dreaming of wearing a black jersey and is understood to have had discussions with New Zealand officials about playing for the Kiwis at last year's World Cup.

    After being overlooked for the tournament, Ah Mau again played for Samoa and he had been resigned to never being selected for New Zealand until new coach Michael Maguire phoned him about the June 23 Test against England at Mile High Stadium.

    "Madge called me a couple of weeks ago to kind of get a gauge of where I was at and he said that I was in the picture," Ah Mau told NRL.com.

    "I was pretty shocked and at the same time pretty excited about representing New Zealand.

    "I grew up in Auckland, and as a young kid it was definitely a dream to represent my country of birth. Mum and Dad were born in Samoa so in the past I have represented them but I am definitely honoured and grateful, and it is a dream come true to be here at the moment."

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    Leeson Ah Mau in action for Samoa in 2017.:copyright:Scott Davis/NRL Photos
    Ah Mau played for the Junior Kiwis in 2006 and 2007, while playing in the Intrust Super Premiership for the Warriors and he made his NRL debut for the club in 2009.

    After two seasons with North Queensland and seven for St George Illawarra, Ah Mau will return to the Warriors in 2019 in a move that will enable him to be closer to his parents, Isaak and Vaaiga, and wife Rose's family.

    In a sign of how much family means to the 110kg prop, NRL.com was told that there was little difference between the money the Warriors and Dragons offered him but he turned down a more lucrative offer from Newcastle.

    For his part, Ah Mau said the three-year deal with the Warriors was yet to be confirmed but he is understood to have told St George Illawarra teammates he would be moving back to Auckland, where he played his junior football for the Otahuhu Leopards.

    "I owe a lot to the Dragons. We have been doing pretty well this season so I guess that helps to get these little rewards because of what we are doing down at the Dragons," Ah Mau said.
     
  5. Gareth67

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    We are going to miss you big fella - take the weekend off when your due to come up against your old club next year ! :innocent:
     
  6. Uplifting

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    Agreed, Ah Mau has done very well for our club and I wish him well. Has shown determination and humility - in true Polynesian style.
     
  7. dragonssamy61

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    Yeap.
    All the best big fella.
    We will miss your humour.
    Go look after your family but before you go.
    I just need one favour help win us a premiership.
    All the best LAM
     
  8. nontime111

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    CONGRATS LEESON!!!!

    WELL DONE BOUT TIME TOO!
     
  9. getsmarty

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    WARRIORS


    Leeson Ah Mau signs with Warriors for 2019
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    Mon 9 Jul 2018, 02:13 PM

    Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau will return to the New Zealand Warriors next season on a three-year deal.

    Ah Mau, who made his NRL debut with the Warriors in 2009, has spent the past seven seasons at St George Illawarra and has played 16 Tests for Samoa.

    "Leeson will be a wonderful addition to our squad from next season," Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said.

    "He's a big forward who is consistently one of the Dragons' best week in, week out. He fits the mould of the type of player we're building our squad around – tough, durable and with a tremendous attitude in all he does on and off the field.

    "We've always had an interest in him as did a number of clubs, so we're really excited he was keen to come back home and join the club he started with."

    Ah Mau was the Dragons' player of the year in 2015 and the club's director of rugby league pathways Ian Millward said he'd be missed.

    "Leeson is a player we tried to retain but we also understood that there were a lot of other implications and they're not always about money," Millward said.

    "He's given outstanding service – not only this season, but his previous seasons – and he's been a real benchmark for our other forwards in terms of how he's gone about his business and the way he's played the game.

    "At the end of the day, we're really delighted he's been able to secure a contract. We understand the reasons why he didn't accept our offer and we can't applaud him enough for what he's done for the Dragons.

    "We also appreciate that he signalled his intentions early so we have been active in the market place seeking a replacement for Leeson."


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/07/09/leeson-ah-mau-signs-with-warriors-for-2019/
     
  10. Saints111

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    Big loss
     
  11. Saints111

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    "One of dragons best" So why not offer him more
     
  12. Mark D

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    Mr Consistent
     
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    He went to the Warriors because they offered him a three year ontract, added to that he wanted to be with his family and his wife’s family.
    Family is everything when it comes to that. I hope he does well over there and wish him all the best. He was up there with the best this season.
     
  15. ozbuck

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    If Mary was an up to standard coach he would've stayed. Sack Mary!!
     
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    Bellamy would have moved his entire family over here just to keep him.
     
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