A try’s as good as flow­ers for this Souths star’s mum

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

JOHN Sut­ton is ap­proach­ing 300 NRL games but says he would be washed up if it wasn’t for his mother Elena.

Sut­ton re­calls his early years at the Rab­bitohs when he’d of­ten sleep in and miss train­ing.

He was head­ing down a pre­car­i­ous path un­til his mother told him in no un­cer­tain terms he was wast­ing his po­ten­tial.

Sut­ton, 33, cred­its this with help­ing him be­come the pre­mier­ship win­ner we see to­day. It’s why he is de­ter­mined to de­feat the high-fly­ing Drag­ons at ANZ Sta­dium on Sun­day and hon­our his mum in style with a win on Mother’s Day.

“Mum used to come into my room and say, ‘What are you do­ing sleep­ing? You should be at train­ing’,” Sut­ton told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

“Even af­ter the games, she has al­ways been my big­gest critic and tells me what I need to do right next time.

“Mum has pretty much done ev­ery­thing for me. I lived at home un­til I was 25-26, so she has been great for me and al­ways comes to my games. It will be good to get a win and a try on Mother’s Day for her.”

Sut­ton, 33, may be in his 15th NRL sea­son but he is seri-

con­sid­er­ing play­ing around again next year. “If you asked me if I’m go­ing to run

around again, I’m feel­ing good at the mo­ment,” he said. “But I’m happy to go weekto-week for now and I’m not re­ally think­ing too far ahead.” De­spite feel­ing like his age­ing leg still have more to of­fer, Sut­ton has started think­ing about his post-foot­ball ca­reer. He spent time with Souths de­vel­op­ment coach Wil­lie Peters ear­lier this year, work­ing with the club’s Harold Matthews and SG Ball ranks.

“I’d like to do some­thing in league, maybe some­thing along the lines of an as­sis­tant coach,” he said. “I like work­ing with kids and giv­ing back.”

In the mean­time, Sut­ton is fo­cused on help­ing the re­ju­ve­nated Rab­bitohs main­tain their hot form. He is also look- ing for­ward to play­ing in the an­nual in­dige­nous round.

Sut­ton likes the ini­tia­tive of the na­tional an­them be­ing sung in an in­dige­nous tongue be­fore English and would like to see it made per­ma­nent.

“I think that (the an­them in Abo­rig­i­nal lan­guage) was great,” he said. “It’s a good round be­cause it gives the game a chance to recog­nise our in­dige­nous play­ers.”

Sut­ton with daugh­ter Pippi, mum Elena and wife Sta­cie.

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