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Player Te Maire Martin

Date of Birth
Oct 2, 1995
Birth Location
Tokoroa, New Zealand
Nationality
  1. 🇳🇿 New Zealand
Height (cm)
181 cm
Weight (kg)
87 kg
Position/s
  1. Fullback
  2. Five-Eighth
  3. Halfback
Warrior #
275
Warriors Debut Date
Mar 3, 2023
Warriors Debut Details
NRL 2023, Round 1, Newcastle
Warriors Years Active
  1. 2023
  2. 2024
Signed From
Brisbane Broncos
Current Club
New Zealand Warriors
Rep Honours
  1. NZ
Status
Active

NRL: Balance key to NZ Warriors star Te Maire Martin's comeback from cursed 2023 season​



Te Maire Martin explains his recovery philosophy during 2023

NZ Warriors star Te Maire Martin has faced enough injuries to know what goes around usually comes around.
In 2019, while on contract with North QLD Morons Cowboys, he suffered a brain bleed that eventually forced him into premature retirement, before a stint in the Waikato club competition rekindled his NRL career with Brisbane Broncos two years later.
Crossing the Tasman to join the Warriors, he began the 2023 season as Shaun Johnson's preferred halves partner, but a broken leg again forced him to the sidelines, before he returned for a playoff run that ended with defeat to the Broncos in the preliminary final.
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In a threeway battle for the No.6 jersey, Martin began this season in the reserves, but stepped back into first grade with an impressive performance against South Sydney Rabbitohs last weekend, barely missing a beat.
He reveals the key to riding the NRL injury rollercoaster is finding something away from the football field that brings you joy. In his case, that release is the ocean.
"Fishing and hunting keep me nice and happy," Martin admitted. "You've got to have a good balance of footy and away from footy.
"I've just hooked up a nice boat, so I've been fishing and keeping myself happy... keeping my partner happy with nice fish for dinner. I don't get too caught up in the footy, and not playing or playing.
"Last year's stint off the field just made me appreciate playing. I enjoy playing and if I can play first grade, even better."
Martin preaches the remedial qualities of salty seawater, as much for the soul as any physical wounds.

"A bit of fishing, with some diving at the end always makes it better," he said. "That kind of injury wasn't something you could prep for - hip drop, broken leg, you can't do much about it,
"I suppose I'm not getting any younger and should think about doing more recovery. At the moment, it's been alright, but it's only round five - we'll see, by Round 20, if I'm still saying the same thing."

He's cagey about his favourite fishing locations - "I can't tell you my spots... you don't want to go to my spots anyway, you can't find anything" - but admits he's tried to spread the love around his teammates.
"A few of the boys have been coming," he said. "We try to do it early in the week, when we get our day off, because as you get closer to games, you don't want to be thinking too much about other things."
One who hasn't taken up the invitation - yet - is fellow half Luke Metcalf, who has been his biggest rival for five-eighth selection. When Martin broke his leg last year, Metcalf took over and stamped his mark, earning a contract extension through 2026.
A hamstring injury allowed Martin to regain the jersey late in the season, but Metcalf was preferred to start this campaign, until he also broke his leg against Newcastle Knights last week.
"I know Luke will be pretty gutted," said Martin. "It sucks sitting on the sideline, watching the boys go well, especially when you have soldout games... he will know how fun it is to play in front of the home crowds when it's packed.
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"It's a bit of mental drain, but it's a matter of trying to find something fun outside of footy that you enjoy and not get caught up too much in it."
That mindset has been key to Martin's reincarnation in the Warriors starting line-up.
"When you've got long-term injuries... we're training football scenarios each week and you're off doing more of a pre-season grind, and you're doing it by yourself often enough," reflected Warriors coach Andrew Webster.
"All of a sudden, you're fit enough and you get thrown back into football, and you get about two weeks before you're expected to hit the ground running right before playoffs. I thought Te Maire did a great job doing that, but even by his own standards, he had more in him.
"He carried an injury into that Broncos game and we had to rebuild him again over the pre-season. It's a hard slog for guys who are injured for that period of time, because you're missing so many reps, but I think he's handled it well."
When Metcalf eventually surfaces from his operation, the pair will undoubtedly compare notes on long rehab strategy.

"He hasn't even been to training and I'm not too sure when he'll be in," said Martin. "I don't think he even likes fishing... he's one of those people who doesn't like the dirty smell."

 
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Seeing the article the other day with the caption "I'm not telling you my fishing spots" made me laugh. He sounds happy here hunting and fishing. Hopefully he sees out his career here.
I think he's happy just to be back playing NRL and back at home so can't see him leaving even if he's second choice 6 behind Metcalf in the future.
The podcast the other day, you could tell he's trying to leverage his NRL career to help set up some businesses for after his career i.e fishing Charters and advertiser's
 
Seriously what the fuck does this bloke do?

Falls off tackles, takes shit kicks, can’t set up or organise his edge attack or defence, absolutely no pace or attacking ability.

Why is this donkey in our team. Get CHT as soon as he’s available
Have you moved off Berry?

It wasn't the left that leaked the points.

He is contributing more than Metcalf was.

CHT is a viable option at 6. Wouldn't mind seeing that at all

Regardless of your thoughts both CHT and Metcalf are injured. And TMM didn't lose that game.
 
Have you moved off Berry?

It wasn't the left that leaked the points.

He is contributing more than Metcalf was.

CHT is a viable option at 6. Wouldn't mind seeing that at all

Regardless of your thoughts both CHT and Metcalf are injured. And TMM didn't lose that game.

Not everything about losing it. He’s in a pivotal position to win it as well. All he does is pass it about 300 years too early to RTS.
 
Unfortunately SJ fell off a few, Berry missed a one on one and Laban went flying past Tanah Boyd. It was almost completely the right
Yup, I understand the viewpoint of Aman 2.0 and others though. It does look to me like whoever is coaching the attack on the left that they have the set up wrong. Waiting for SJ to sweep around and hit the block running second rower or out the back to TMM isn't right. It squeezes up the space too much for the center and winger imo. I'd like to see Sj stay right and have TMM make the call to hit a second rower short or out the back to RTS.
 
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Yup, I understand the viewpoint of Aman 2.0 and others though. It does look to me like whoever is coaching the attack on the left that they have the set up wrong. Waiting for SJ to sweep around and hit the block running second rower or out the back to TMM isn't right. It squeezes up the space too much for the center and winger imo. I'd like to see Sj stay right and gave TMM make the call to hit a second rower short or out the back to RTS.
Could see RTS visibly upset with the lack of space he’s got to work with at one point, nobody’s straightening. SJ looked injured in that one
 
We look like we’ve trained the entire pre season with Metcalf and SJ and look like we’re building the combination of TMM and SJ as we go along. Even when CHT got a chance the other week, he looked lost at times like when he went to go out the back and threw it straight into Barnett’s chest
 
Could see RTS visibly upset with the lack of space he’s got to work with at one point, nobody’s straightening. SJ looked injured in that one
Yep - right near the end where he had to try and put Montoya in the corner with about 5cm of space, and it ended up going out.

I don't know how much of the blame is on TMM but we need more balance in the attack, and his whole vibe screams passive.
 

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