Once the king of Leichhardt, Aaron Woods has finally shown his true colours.
The new Manly Sea Eagles recruit takes on his beloved Wests Tigers – the club where he debuted in the NRL 12 years ago – in Campbelltown on Sunday.
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Speaking to the media ahead of the reunion with the Tigers, the 32-year-old unveiled some Sea Eagle tattoos that he had hidden under his footy socks for the past 14 years ago.
The former NSW and Australian representative has played 252 first grade games since making his debut for the Tigers in 2011 and has previously had spells with the Bulldogs, Sharks and Dragons.
Last month, the forward signed for his boyhood club Manly and he is now living a “childhood dream” after debuting during the Sea Eagles’ victory over the Storm at Brookvale last week.
“I was happy to get the two points and happy to put the jersey on and it was a pretty cool night,” Woods told the media on Tuesday.
“The whole night was that loud, it reminds of when I was at the Tigers playing at Leichhardt, it was rocking.
“The hill was chockers, the fans were going nuts.
“Some of the hits the boys were putting on, they (the fans) were on the edge of their seats.”
The rugby league journeyman has been off contract numerous times during his career and has constantly been linked to the Sea Eagles.
“It’s funny. Every time I’ve been off contract, I have always been linked to here (Manly),” Woods said.
“I remember early on in my career, one of the journo’s wrote I had a unit in Dee Why and I was going to go back home.
“I don’t know where he made up that from.”
Woods said he wants to continue his NRL career and isn’t ready to retire just yet.
“A couple of them (teammates) said they couldn’t believe how old I was,” Woods laughed.
“They said ‘I remember watching you in first grade when I was in primary school’.
“But being around these guys, there’s been no thought of retiring yet.”
The NRL cult hero sees himself as a role model at the Sea Eagles and wants to pass on his NRL experience to the younger players at the club.
“Some weeks I might play 30 minutes, 40 minutes, other weeks I might play 15, 20 or I might be playing reserve grade,” Woods explained.
“It’s about giving your best, showing the boys how to prepare for games each week.
“Sometimes I might be in the team, sometimes I might not be.
“It’s about being a good team player and we want the best 17 to be playing that weekend.”
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