Canberra star Charnes Nicol-Klokstad has opened up about his decision to return to the Warriors in an emotional interview Fox LeagueJake Duke.
Although 27-year-old Nikol-Klokstad loved his time in Canberra, the influence of family and friends in New Zealand made him decide to return home.
With his children living with their mother in New Zealand, Nicole-Klokstad revealed that a sad moment with his eldest son made him realize he needed to be closer to his family and friends.
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“It’s been a journey, it hasn’t been easy,” Nicole-Klokstad said.
“I love being a dad, being a dad is the best thing that ever happened to me.
“It’s so rewarding and satisfying.
“I came back at Christmas and my oldest boy said to me, ‘Dad, I didn’t know when I’d see you again.’
“It hit me really hard because my boy, who just turned five, said that this kind of thing is not nice, but I was glad that he was expressing his feelings about it too.
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“I saw that my boys were hurting, so even though I didn’t want to leave the Raiders, the Warriors gave me the opportunity to pursue my dream of becoming an NRL player and gave me the chance to be more of a father again.”
The Auckland-born, New Zealand player began his NRL career with the Warriors in 2017.
He has since attempted an NRL grand final with the Raiders in 2019, however he has revealed he wants to be part of the first Warriors team to bring the Provan-Summons Trophy across the Tasman.
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“It’s really exciting, they’ve got new players coming in as well and I’m just looking forward to doing something special there,” Nicoll-Klokstad added.
“When I first started playing there, I really wanted to be apart of the fact that they weren’t winning competitions there.
“We almost won the competition here, but to be part of the first ever team to win the Premier League is the goal.
“I’m trying to help make that happen, and I know a lot of guys are too.”
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