Player Adam Pompey

Miket12

Miket12

The long road to NRL success for Warriors' try scoring hero Adam Pompey

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Adam Pompey laughs when it is suggested he is now the senior centre at the Warriors, even though he's starting to play like one.

The 22-year-old has taken the long road to the NRL, but after years of toil, it feels like he is finally making his mark.

Pompey was the hero last Saturday, scoring the late, late try that sealed the 34-31 comeback win over Canberra, as he powered over the line from 15 metres out.

"Yeah, it was a special moment," said Pompey. "To get over the line again and just to help out the boys. It was amazing feeling. As you saw in the try [celebration]."

That play put the quietly spoken Pompey in the limelight, but he has been knocking on the door for a while, a consistent performer whenever given a chance, since his debut in July 20219

He played five games that year, then 13 last season, as the Warriors' squad was thinned out by injuries and withdrawals.

His numbers from 2020 were impressive – five tries, eight-line breaks and around 100 running metres a game – but Pompey was back on the fringes in pre-season, with the arrival of Euan Aitken from the Dragons.

But Aitken's injury in round one gave an opportunity, which he has taken superbly.

He scored a powerful try against the Knights, along with 15 runs for 120 metres, before his clutch play in Canberra, which took his NRL tally to nine tries in 20 matches.

With Peta Hiku also sidelined, Pompey's importance in the outside back division is even more pronounced, ahead of Sunday's clash with the Roosters (8:15pm NZT).

"Don't call me the senior centre at the moment, I'm still learning the game," laughed Pompey. "If I can get help from experienced centres, I will just do my thing. I'm getting confident in the way that I'm playing at the moment, still got a lot to work on. But obviously getting an opportunity again is very special."

Pompey's NRL dream started in 2014, when he was scouted by the Roosters while playing rugby at Wesley College. The schoolboy would fly over for SG Ball games, then later played 40 matches for the Bondi club at Under-20 level.

After four years in the Roosters' system, he came home ahead of the 2019 season.

Pompey has steadily progressed at the Warriors, before hitting new heights this season.

Looking ahead, he admits their second half revival against Canberra will do wonders for long term belief.

"It will give us a big boost of confidence that we have a good side this year," said Pompey. "If we can build on those combinations that we have we will [go] a long way."

He said the team never stopped believing on Saturday, even when they were camped on their own line with only three minutes left, trailing 31-28.

"Everyone found that belief that we can do it as a team," said Pompey. "Building on the back of that everyone was just hyped and keen to play and throw the footy around. We ended up with the six again and it helped us get to the try line."

The Warriors have historically struggled to back up good performances, but some stern post-match messages in the dressing room should help to dampen down any complacency.

"We were happy with the win, but we were pretty mad about this start that we had in the first half," said Pompey. "We have a lot of things to work on, so if we can fix a few areas around our games it will be much easier."

 
Mr Frank White

Mr Frank White

Contributor
Easy decision to let hiku go this year imo, this guy will be more then ready to become a consistent nrl starter, I'm so happy that he's shown real progression so far, the coaching staff are doing a great job with this guy.
I forgot he's only 22. Roosters, PoS and the Warriors obviously saw enough early on.
Hopefully he really kicks on to be a top centre. He's not lightning fast, but he's strong and good feet.
Hopefully he becomes a defensive rock, that's one thing Warriors centres have been missing for a while
 

Dunedin warrior

I thought originally he was a poor mans Fusitua, but he’s kept on improving. Still a bit to work on and he’s a bit slower than I would like, but he’s developing into a decent player on both sides of the ball.
 
Gizzyfan

Gizzyfan

He's got a mean hit up coming out of our end. Ran a few vital momentum swingers against Canberra.
All round good game from him including the winning try...overlooked due to the weird game.

What hasn't been mentioned a lot is Pompey is a former Rooster, and still has friends at the Club. SO'S is also another former Rooster I believe so he will have some knowledge as well.
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Contributor
237. ADAM POMPEY

During the 2019 preseason Adam Pompey was offered a train and trial contract with the Warriors after having played in the Roosters U20s and feeder team systems.

He was offered a two year contract and made his NRL debut in Round 18, 2019 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

On 20th May 2020 Pompey was given a two year extension ending in 2023.

Pompey re-signed until end of 2023 NRL season

Richard Becht & photosport.nz
Thu 20 May 2021, 01:05 PM
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Vodafone Warriors centre Adam Pompey has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of the 2023 NRL season.

The 22-year-old Wesley College product’s signing comes on the back of him becoming a regular first-grader this year after his breakthrough season in 2020.

He’s set to make his ninth appearance of the season when the Vodafone Warriors host the Wests Tigers at Central Coast Stadium tomorrow night.

“Adam has progressed really well and established himself as an NRL player this season,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Nathan Brown.

“He’s found his home at left centre and over the last five weeks or so he has taken a big step forward as an NRL player.”

After making his NRL debut against Cronulla in Wellington in 2019, Pompey has gone on to amass 26 appearances including eight so far this season.

“I’m really grateful to be with the club long-term. Looking back to when I first signed, I’m happy with the progress I’ve been able to make,” said Pompey.

“I’ve just kept fighting to try to get a spot in the team. Now I have to try to hold onto it.”
In his eight games this season, Pompey has scored four tries to lift his career tally to 11 while he has averaged 119 metres a game.

“Adam came home to New Zealand to make a fresh start to his career,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“He’s a great example of perseverance and finding a home where he can thrive in our culture.”
Pompey was initially picked up by the Sydney Roosters before joining the Vodafone Warriors for the 2018-2019 offseason.

“Adam’s a great story for our club,” said Vodafone Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan.

“He came on a train and trial deal, progressed to a development player, then top squad now he’s an established NRL player.

“I’m really proud of his development as a player and person and we’re looking forward to him becoming a dominant centre for us in the future. He is now showing the confidence to match the better centres in our game.”

ADAM POMPEY
Born: August 22, 1998
Birthplace: Auckland, NZ
Junior Club: Wesley College (rugby union)
Position: Centre/wing
Height: 190cm
Weight: 101kg
Vodafone Warriors No: 237
NRL Debut: Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla Sutherland, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, July 19, 2019 (Round 18)
NRL Games: 26 (2019-2021)
NRL Points: 44 (11 tries)

 
Dannevegas

Dannevegas

Named for the Allstars along with Dallin and Dylan.
WI'll be good to see if he looks any more capable... might be our centre/wing this year?
Under Payten he was awesome on the wing. Surely it’s not just because Payten was coach. I say put him back there, starting with Dal.
 

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