Tony Will Be Aiming To Impress

Brisbane-bound Motu Tony is relishing the challenge of becoming the first born and bred New Zealander to impress at the National Rugby League (NRL) heavyweights.

"Most of the Aussie clubs have had a few Kiwi players but not the Broncos. It's up to me to break new ground," the New Zealand Warriors utility said.

"I know (hooker) Richard Swain's a Kiwi international but he grew up in Australia so he doesn't count," he told Rugby League Week magazine.

Tony heads to Brisbane for the 2004 season after realising his opportunities would be limited at the Warriors following the emergence of young talents Thomas Leuluai and Marcus Perenara.

Tony started the season at fullback but eventually lost out to Brent Webb. He also played standoff but coach Daniel Anderson has settled on the youthful Leuluai in the halves.

The Kiwis international closed the deal with Brisbane last week and is already admitting mixed emotions ahead of the Broncos visit to Auckland on Sunday.

"Brisbane have given me a great opportunity and I want them to do well but I also know how important this game is for the Warriors and I want to finish my time here on a high," said Tony, who is still recuperating from a hand injury.

He hopes to be available for next week's match against the Roosters in Sydney.

Tony is eyeing the standoffs berth at the Broncos, with current No 6 Ben Ikin retiring at the end of this season.

He has also played hooker, where there could also be a vacancy when Swain heads to the English Super League with Hull at the end of the season.