NRL 2020: Warriors star David Fusitu'a embraces change of position to centres

After setting the NRL alight on the wing, David Fusitu'a is ready for the challenge presented by a switch in position for the NZ Warriors this season.

Two years ago, the powerful Tongan international enjoyed a breakout year for the Auckland-based side, scoring 23 tries in 23 games - including two hat-tricks and five doubles - to finish as the competition's top tryscorer.

Last season, he lost opportunities to teammate Ken Maumalo, while losing none of his finishing ability on the flank. Known for his corner-flag diving exploits, Fusitu'a has played both fullback and centre previously, but his airborne skills seemed better suited to the wing.

All that seems about to change, as he contemplates a new role in the Warriors backline.

"It's an exciting time for me," he told Newshub. "It's been a good challenge for me, coming from the wing into centre.

"I've played there before, but it's been good to get more learning  and looking back at videos when I've played there before."

Fusitu'a actually forecast an eventual move infield three years ago.

"But I was really enjoying my time on the wing and playing outside some really good players.

"To come into the centres and get more hands on the ball is exciting too, but it will be important for me to work on my defence and not just my attack. It's going to be a journey, but something I'll take one step at a time."

Fusitu'a admitted there was very little discussion with coach Stephen Kearney over the change.

"On the first day of pre-season, the coach told me he wanted to give me a go at centre and that was pretty much it. We went out to the training paddock, and he put me at centre up until now and into round one, it looks like."

On Tuesday, the Warriors will name their line-up for their NRL season-opener against Newcastle Knights.

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