A quiet life suits Mateo
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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