After spells with Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants, Aidan Sezer is back in the NRL with the Wests Tigers.
Sezer joined the Giants in 2020 and hit the ground running being nominated for the Man of Steel award in his first season. However, his second season would prove problematic as he suffered a season ending injury early on and Ian Watson made it clear that he wanted to replace him with Theo Fages.
The former Gold Coast Titans halfback then made the leap to Leeds alongside former Canberra Raiders teammate Blake Austin and big things were expected of the duo. Despite making the Grand Final in 2022, the partnership never really flourished as expected largely down to both men being in and out of the side with injuries.
Sezer has now returned to the NRL with the Wests Tigers and has lifted the lid on what he really thinks about Super League revealing that he was questioning why he made the move at first because he had just played in a Grand Final.
“At first I was questioning moving over to England, my last game being the NRL grand final at a decent age still, I was 28 or so, I still felt like I was in my prime. It felt like unfinished business,” he said to the Daily Telegraph.
“But coming back now, being a Sydney boy and to be among family and friends, having the opportunity to be at the Tigers, everything added up. Hopefully I can contribute to the club and we can have a good year.
“To get the chance to come home, close to home, I’m super grateful to Benji and the club for. I’ll do everything I can to contribute.”
He also revealed that for a while he has wanted to return home: “I’m super motivated, I’ve been super motivated to come back for a couple of years and that’s being completely transparent and honest. I’ve been watching the NRL and just thinking, I want to get home.”
He went on to say he is ready for a test again after his time in the UK: “Being a boy from western Sydney, all I wanted to do was play in the NRL and to be able to do it for a while before I left for England is something I was grateful for, but after my stint in the UK I’m so keen to test myself again.
“I’ve watched (the NRL) closely. I’ve got friends in a few teams and kept track of them. The game has sped up a bit with the rules changes, but I’m trying to get myself in the best shape I can so I’m not caught off guard.”
He also said that being away he understood that he should never take the NRL for granted: “Coming back I feel like I won’t take the NRL for granted, not that I ever did, but when you leave something you realise how good you had it or how good it is to be in an NRL set up.
“Not taking anything away from the Super League, but the game isn’t put on a pedestal over there like it is here. You realise how super this competition is.”