There’s lots of cliches in Rugby League.
He’s a good bloke on the field and a better bloke off it...etc.
But that actually describes Isaah to a tee.
I love country boys.
They’re always nice blokes, well mannered, love a beer and best of all on the field when things get tough, they never go missing.
Yowie was training with us part-time off the back of a successful 20s campaign when I was at Penrith.
To be honest in a start-studded side featuring Bryce Cartwright + James Roberts, you barely noticed him. But Ivan always had a big wrap on him, I know that for sure.
He went from a part-time pre season guy, to starting in round one. That’s how much of an impression he left on Ivan training twice a week.
Me and Lewi Brown often said he reminded us of JuJu – Former Warriors captain Simon Mannering.
Big, strong, fast, never missed tackles and the ultimate teammate. I think that early comparison wasn’t far off!
I remember his debut was against Joey Leilua in round one.
That’s one of the toughest defensive assignments you can get and he locked him up easily at centre – a really tough place to defend.
Hes Been on an upward trend ever since.
When we think of the game’s best 13s, he brings a different body shape than those of Radley, Trbojevich, Murray which makes him a little unique.
When you’re that tall, the first point of contact should always be over the ball which allows him to have great leg drive.
The added pass to his game both short and out the back will have Nathan Cleary, an already a calm customer, a little more comfortable.
I think higher honours we’re never too far off for Yeo, and I’m glad he’s finally getting the credit he deserves for what many of us have known for a long time – He’s a weapon!
Congrats Yowie, from a former teammate and now fan, I hope you kill it