PNG Hunters player Gary Lo returns from England, wants Hunters jumper back

He wants his favoured Hunters number two jumper again but the Western Highlander knows he must pay the price for his in-decision making.

Lo is at his lowest but when he has the ball in hand operating down the left flank, his decision making more than most always turns to gold. The 2014 Intrust Super Cup top try scorer returned home yesterday morning from the United Kingdom.

He had a two month pre-season fall-out with Newcastle Thunder (formerly Gateshead) without playing a game. Lo opted out of a verbal agreement with UK based former Kumul and Thunder head coach Stanley Gene to return home.

"I made the decision to move and play in the UK, but some things did not turn out as I believed they would," Lo said on arrival.

He was met by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and SP Hunters Chairman Graham Osborne, both of whom he had contacted as soon as his doubts were raised upon his arrival at his new club. "I understand that I will have to work extra hard to regain my place in the Hunters, and the trust of my coach, my team-mates and the PNGRFL," he said.

Minister Tkatchenko added that Lo is a special rugby league talent who had learnt the hard way.

"It is a huge lesson learnt for him and one that all sportsmen and women must take into account when making decisions on their careers," he said.

This experience proves to us that there is a great need in sports to make sure that we educate our players and athletes on what’s best for their careers, he added.

"It is now up to him to prove himself coach Michael Marum that he is committed to be at the best he can be for the Hunters," Tkatchenko said.

"We have brought him back it was now up to Lo himself to regain that trust again with coach Marum," Osborne said. Osborne said Lo is a quality player that the Hunters groomed last year. "He knows the rules and the only way to get back in is to work your back-side off and wait for the opportunity to arise again," he said. Lo flies to Kokopo on Monday.

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