JARED Waerea-Hargreaves expects to be packing into plenty of scrums next year with premiership-winning NYC captain Nat Butcher.
The Chooks’ enforcer watched with pride from the stands, as Butcher led his troops to an incredible 30-28 grand final win.
“When he was needed there in the second half he put his hand up,” gushes Waerea-Hargreaves.
“I can stand here all day and rap the kid, at his age he’s a true professional, and he’s going to go a long way. He hasn’t only performed today, all year he’s really led from the front.
“The way he performed for us against the Broncos late in the year, he stood up, it was one hell of a debut and I look forward to playing more first-grade with him next year.
Asked if he has had much to do with the exciting lock-forward, and Waerea-Hargreaves clearly didn’t want to claim any credit for the Jack Gibson Medallist’s strong form.
“I guess all of us guys in the middle have to look after each other, he’s just a great bloke on and off the field, so that’s a credit to him.”
JWH, who was sitting alongside Jake Friend in the ANZ Stadium dugout, tells RLW the Holden Cup boys have given the club something to cheer about, after the NRL outfit’s disappointing season.
“Some of the support staff here were over the moon and quite emotional because it has been a big 12 months,” he says.
“I guess to finish 2016 on a high note with these young fellas is exactly the way we wanted to finish – massive credit to the way they’ve conducted themselves and onward to 2016!”