Junior Moors made a name for himself in the UK with the Castleford Tigers.
Having originally signed for the Tigers from the Melbourne Storm ahead of the 2015 Super League season, Moors went on to play over 100 games for the club in a five-season period.
The Samoan international’s contract ran out at the end of 2020 and Moors joined local rivals Featherstone Rovers in the Championship ahead of the 2021 season, despite initially planning to go back Down Under.
“Last year was a tough year for me, I was on a flight home at the back end of 2020 and then my flight got cancelled,” Moors said on the Talk Your Walk podcast.
“Then I was able to sort a del with Featherstone for the year – with Covid I couldn’t get a flight for a couple of months so it was best for my family to stay around another year.”
Moors has revealed just how tough it was to get back physically and mentally after planning to retire.
“It was a different start to the year, I had no pre-season and the season was about to start, so I was a bit underdone.
“I was ready to go home and I was on a pitch in four weeks.
“I was ready to retire and go home and prepare for life after rugby so I was living a good life but then I had to get back into it and in the back of my mind I knew I was underdone.”
Moors is also keen to pay back Rovers following a frustrating end to the 2021 season.
“I missed Wembley because I got Covid and then I missed the final (1895 Cup) because I got injured.
“When I signed for this year I wanted to pay the club back as I didn’t have a good year personally.”