This week we chat to Patrick Sipley, who recently returned to Auckland after a stint in the Queensland Cup competition with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
Welcome home first of all, talk us through the reasons you’re back from your stint in Queensland.
Just family stuff rather than to do with footy. The footy over there was awesome. Auckland is a more physical comp, but over there it’s faster and there is more skill involved,
And are you enjoying being back in Auckland and with the Pirates so far?
It’s cold, really cold! But it’s always good to be back with the boys, and playing with them always makes you want to push it and play harder.
What was your team like over in Wynnum?
We had a lot of Brisbane Broncos and a few of them made their NRL debut this year. It was a strong team, we had Patrick Carrigan, Keenan Palasia and Tommy Dearden, James Roberts, quite a few boys who have played first grade.
In terms of your fitness and conditioning, where are you at compared to when you left Auckland?
I feel better, although right now I am struggling a bit because we have come off a bye and a few weeks off, so the lungs are burning!
Do you still have a desire to push to try and play at NRL, or reserve-grade level, over here?
You never know. If I get given the opportunity then obviously I’ll take it.
Personally the goal is just to settle back in, make sure I am sorted and then if I am happy I will hopefully give it another crack.
What’s it been like watching Tof (brother Toafofoa Sipley) at Manly this year?
It’s always good to see my little bro, well little big bro now, carving up. We keep in contact a lot, he’s doing well so that’s always good.