General Stacey misses the Warriors

warriors4life_old

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From Sunday News

By NEIL REID

Stacey Jones has broken his silence surrounding his Warriors heartbreak - revealing why he really left his beloved club of 11 seasons.

Speaking exclusively to Sunday News from his home in Perpignan, France, Stacey told how Warriors management had forced his hand in walking away from Ericsson Stadium.

"I would have loved to have finished off my time at the club," the 30-year-old Kiwis stalwart told Sunday News.

"But when I asked if it was time for me to move on, no one told me to stay. There was no pressure on me to stay. They were happy for me to go. But I would have definitely loved to have finished up my time there - it wasn't to be.

"Unfortunately that is the way it goes."

Stacey - dubbed The Little General - made his first-grade debut for the Warriors in 1995 and had often spoken about his love of being a "one-team" player.

But last year he made a shock announcement saying he was moving to the south of France -causing fans to plead for him to change his mind.

Stacey's form - and that of the Warriors - in the NRL in 2004 had been patchy.

They finished a two-year slide from minor premiers and grand finalists to become near-wooden spooners, only four points ahead of the basement-dwelling South Sydney Rabbitohs.

But it was news that Warriors management had signed Kiwis captain Ruben Wiki and Canterbury Bulldogs captain Steve Price - both believed to be paid $300,000 a season - and a planned mass player cull that eventually forced Stacey's hand.

He made the tough call to relocate his family halfway around the world and play for Les Catalan Dragons in Perpignan. Although the move had been tough for Stacey's wife Rochelle, daughters Waiana, five and Chellcey, seven, and six-month-old son William -the talented footballer says it was the right choice.

The family settled in to life in France - capped off by a remarkable first game for the Dragons, who rolled former heavyweights Wigan Warriors in Stacey's first big Super League match.

Neither the Dragons nor Stacey could not have scripted a better start for their 2006 campaign. But disaster struck a week later when Stacey broke his arm, sidelining the gutsy halfback for eight weeks.

Stacey said the time away from the game gave him plenty of time to reflect on what he missed from New Zealand.

"I miss a lot of things about home - family and friends," he said.

"I miss the Warriors and keep up with what is going on there as much as possible."

A visit by Stacey's parents earlier this year reinforced his family's homesickness.

But while he'd love to return home to play for his beloved Warriors again, Stacey said he won't break his contract with Les Catalans, which has another year to run.

He also had to provide stability for his kids.

"The kids are settling in. But it was really hard for them. It was difficult settling them into school," Jones said.

"They still miss home - we all miss home. We miss it every day.

"The first couple of weeks were pretty hard to get around."

Jones was expected to make his return to the Super League overnight and while his team had struggled in his absence, they had the consolation of knowing they would not face relegation.

"We're a team that is still learning. We're playing OK. But there is definitely room to improve," Stacey said.

"We're still coming to grips with travelling every second week -these guys still aren't used to it.

"Another thing is being fulltime professionals. The French players are gradually getting used to it.

"They haven't been used to this position before.

"We're going OK as far as a team is concerned."
 

warriors4life_old

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warriors4life said:
From Sunday News
But while he'd love to return home to play for his beloved Warriors again, Stacey said he won't break his contract with Les Catalans, which has another year to run.

A possible return for Stace?
 

LeagueNut_old

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warriors4life said:
"I would have loved to have finished off my time at the club," the 30-year-old Kiwis stalwart told Sunday News.

"But when I asked if it was time for me to move on, no one told me to stay. There was no pressure on me to stay. They were happy for me to go. But I would have definitely loved to have finished up my time there - it wasn't to be.

"Unfortunately that is the way it goes."
Geez, this is completely different to the way I understood it happened.

I thought Stace wanted to go in 2004, but we signed Price/Wiki and convinced him to stay. Then he decided he wanted to go again in 2005, and the club agreed to his request.

Wasn't it Stacey calling the shots the whole time?? He's making it sound like the club shafted him. I thought they were just agreeing to what he wanted.

Make up your mind Stacey!!!
 

Robster_old

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Man if I knew the truth last year I would of got blasted at the management.
 

Skinner_old

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That's not exactly as he expressed it in his book.
LeagueNut's version is as I remember it.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Aww i miss stacey!!

WOrd has it, the mad butcher has been sending him sunday news papers :wink:

COME BACK STACE!!
 

Northern_Union

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if i ever see that ***** mick watson in the middle of the road and i'm in my car he's going to be in a world of trouble.
 

Iafeta_old

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I agree with LeagueNut.

In Stacey Jones' book it's completely different. He wanted a release in 2004, but Mick Watson and Tony Kemp asked him to stay on for one more year - and then when he said in 2005 he was definitely not going to be playing on, they offered him a job as a development coach here.

I don't think Watson can be blamed for that one, depending on which story Stacey's telling is true.
 

commonsense_old

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well if what stacey says is true in the article, we were crazy to let him go.

as much as i love pricey... i wouldve chose the lil general over him anyday
 

da mad maori

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Lets not forget that every player when asked, ""do they miss home " they always answer yes.
And do they miss the Warriors the answer is always yes.
Why dont they ask them [the players] " are you hoping to be heading back to the Warriors after your contract expires." ??
 

Northern_Union

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because every player will say it will depend on family commentments and what sort of money is offered.
 

Northern_Union

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when players are asked your question DMM that is there normal and natural answer.
 

mosh_old

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Did anyone see Jones play?
He was outstanding, pin point bombs, grubbered and scored a try and short and precise passes putting players in holes.

I think the Warriors miss Jones more than Jones misses the Warriors.
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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da mad maori said:
Agree with the family bit But the money, I doubt they'd mention.

Well, they would ask that question, in my view... but indirectly, through their agent. Money talks or players walk. That`s the bottom line for 98% of them, and 102% for the star players.
 

patty_old

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when his current contract expries i would want him to come back...he will be to old
 

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