OARSOME FOURSOME Wests Tigers NSW Cup centre Rory Brien celebrates his four tries against Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium last Saturday. PHOTO: Wayne Cousins


Rory Brien may have only pulled on a Wests Tigers training shirt for the first time in January but he has wasted little time in making the most of his opportunity.


Having spent the past four years at Parramatta Eels three of them as an NRL squad member Brien was preparing to play 2013 in the blue and gold before making a bold decision to leave the club in December.


I was doing pre-season training under Ricky Stuart at Parramatta up until the Christmas break, Brien revealed.


Things were not looking at Parramatta for me and I decided I needed a fresh start.


My manager told me what my options were and Wests Tigers looked like the best move for me.


I was just looking for an opportunity. I didnt see a future for me at Parramatta. Ricky had his ways and I had mine. So I left.


The Eels loss has already proven Wests Tigers gain with the 21-year-old centre scoring 7 tries in the past three NSW Cup trials 4 of which came in the win over Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. He can also play lock.


It was terrible conditions on Saturday. I have to praise our forwards. They did the hard work and I just get to play off them, Brien said.


I wasnt expecting to see much ball because of the wet conditions but to get four tries was good. It is something I will remember. Im really enjoying my time at Wests Tigers.


Despite his try scoring success, Brien is happy to bide his time behind established Wests Tigers centres Chris Lawrence and Blake Ayshford. He has played just one NRL game, that being his first grade debut against Souths in 2011.


You cant knock the centres here, they are great players. You also have the likes of Joel Reddy and Tim Simona, Brien said.


Ive just got to keep playing good footy. Im happy to play NSW Cup and if I get a shot again in the NRL, then Ill take it.


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