Hull KR: Louis Sheriff 'could not turn down Brisbane chance'
LOUIS Sheriff admits the chance to play for the biggest club outside of Australia's NRL was too good an opportunity to turn down.
The full-back has been released from his deal at Rovers so he can head Down Under on November 12 to embark on an exciting new chapter in his fledgling career.
Tipped to be the Robins' first choice full-back following Shannon McDonnell's departure after just one season, Sheriff played the final six games of the campaign.
But his agent, Dave Howes, has persuaded Brisbane Redcliffe Dolphins coach John Dixon to give him a chance in Australia and he has now signed the 20-year-old on a one-year deal.
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Playing for Brisbane Broncos' feeder club, who finished top of the Queensland Cup standings, only to be beaten by Wynnum Manly, Sheriff can't wait to test himself in Australia.
"The move has been on the cards for a while," he told the Mail.
"It's the chance of a lifetime to go and play in Australia.
"If I don't do this now, who knows when a chance like this will come my way again?
"Australia is the best place to learn the game. It's a big challenge for me, but one I am looking forward to."
While Sheriff is looking forward to the future, he is grateful for the past few years at Rovers.
Knowing how hard it will be in the next 12 months, he hopes there could still be a future for him at Rovers if things don't work out the way he wants them to.
"I've left Rovers on good terms," Sheriff explained.
"I wished Craig Sandercock the best of luck and he said the same to me.
"The run of games I had at the end of the season was massively important for me.
"They helped me become more confident, especially playing against Wigan and Leeds.
"Being named man of the match against the Grand Final winners was a real highlight.
"Craig told me there were a couple of us vying for the full-back role next season, but I want to try my luck in Australia.
"Who knows? A scout for one of the NRL sides may notice me.
"If I got to play just one game in the NRL I think I'd probably retire.
"Injuries play a big part in this sport and you never know what lies ahead."
Currently preparing for his move to the other side of the world, he knows it will be a big culture shock.
There is a lot he will miss about east Hull, but with so much to look forward to he hopes he will cope.
He added: "I'm going to miss my family and my girlfriend, Elisha, as she isn't coming out until after Christmas.
"I'm also going to miss Dave Petersen and my Team Mad crew too.
"I'll also miss the fans at Craven Park because they are the best in the game. But it's going to be an adventure in Australia and I can't wait."