A quiet life suits Ma­teo

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

HE spent seven sea­sons play­ing und e r t h e b l i n d i n g s p o t l i g h t a t Par­ra­matta.

And as Feleti Ma­teo pre­pares for his first clash with his old club this Satur­day, the War­riors star ad­mits he feels sorry for his for­mer Eels team­mates.

Still set­tling in to life in New Zealand fol­low­ing his $ 400,000-a-year move across the Tas­man, Ma­teo says the at­mos­phere is a world away from the con­stant hype and scrutiny he en­dured with the Eels.

‘‘ You get that pres­sure all the time at Parra so I feel for guys like Hindy and Hayn­sie,’’ he said of Eels cap­tain Nathan Hind­marsh and Jar­ryd Hayne.

‘‘ That’s what over here. ‘‘ It’s a bit low key.’’ Writ­ten off last year, Ivan Cleary’s men were among the shock pack­ages of 2010, fin­ish­ing fifth.

And while ex­ter­nal ex­pec­ta­tions are higher this year, Ma­teo says the club was happy to fly un­der the radar.

‘‘ Even last year they were not far off a grand fi­nal and no one re­ally spoke about them up un­til they made the semis and that’s the way I like it,’’ he said. ‘‘ At Par­ra­matta you don’t re­alise how much scrutiny and how much me­dia is on the team un­til you leave.

‘‘ Be­ing over here I have done maybe three in­ter­views in three months, but when I read the pa­per back home I see Parra ev­ery day.’’

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