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Lolohea wants to be Warrior for life

  • Lolohea wants to be Warrior for life

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Tuimoala Lolohea of the Warriors is tackled by Dane Gagai of the Knights during the round 14 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors at Hunter Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Warriors rising star Tuimoala Lolohea says he's frustrated by coach Andrew McFadden's decision to leave him on the bench but has pledged his future to the club.

The 21-year-old has been benched in two of the last three NRL matches and is set to start from the pine again on Saturday against the Raiders.

Lolohea said he was upset to be outside the first 13 but respected McFadden's decision to overlook him.

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"He thought it was right for the players on the field to stay on as they were doing a pretty good job," Lolohea said of last week's golden-point loss to Manly, in which he did not enter the field until the start of extra time.

"I'm loving it here at the club and I want to be here forever.

"I see this as my home."

McFadden told reporters on Wednesday that Lolohea was a special talent and his spell on the sidelines was just a "bump in the road" of his career.

He said rumours linking Lolohea with a move to another club were well off the mark and merely "speculation".

Lolohea, who prefers to play in the halves, is likely to take on the Warriors

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