IN TRAINING; Siti Moceidreke at Storm pre-season in Perth, ahead of the NRL Nines. Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images.
IN TRAINING; Siti Moceidreke at Storm pre-season in Perth, ahead of the NRL Nines. Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images.

Stronger Siti set to boost Falcons

RUGBY LEAGUE: A fitter, stronger and more confident Siti Moceidreke is expected to fire for the Sunshine Coast in 2020 after an extended pre-season at the Melbourne Storm.

The 25-year-old is on a train and trial arrangement with the NRL juggernauts, including the Perth Nines and an upcoming clash with the New Zealand Warriors.

Falcons coach Sam Mawhinney anticipates the Fijian will then return to the Sunshine Coast and he’ll be much better for the experience, providing the Queensland Cup team with a boost this year.

“Siti will give us real strike as a centre and we know he can cover six and one as well,” he said.

“I went down to Melbourne a couple of weeks ago (through the Falcons affiliation with the Storm) and just seeing him, he looks really strong.

“They’ve had him in the gym working hard. He’s big and strong and I think he’ll play with a lot of confidence this season.”

Moceidreke was initially invited to do some of the Storm’s pre-season with fellow Falcons Sam Lavea and Sam Bernstrom before Christmas.

But he was then asked to stay on.

“He was doing a good job, good enough to actually stay down there for the first part of the year,” Mawhinney said.

“They were keen to see a bit more of him … I think he went down and impressed them enough that they said ‘stay and keep working with us.”

“So that’s good for him and good for us. It flows on. He’s got that quality training, being full-time for 12 weeks now.”

Lavea and Bernstrom will also join Moceidreke with the Storm at their trial against the Warriors at Palmerston North on February 22.

The 188cm, 100kg back linked with the Falcons last season, after a year at Canberra’s feeder team the Mounties.

He impressed in 2019, scoring nine tries in 17 games and running for about 100m per game.

Previously, he came through the ranks of St George and St George Illawarra as a junior before joining Souths’ feeder team, Norths.

He impressed in the New South Wales competition to be signed by the Rabbitohs and made his one and only NRL appearance in 2017.