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Tahu denies he's plotting return to NRL

By David Beniuk 16/04/2009 05:50:56 PM Comments (0)

Timana Tahu insists rumours of a return to the NRL are rubbish and says the "third party" who supposedly approached the Sydney Roosters on his behalf must have been the garbage man.

News Limited reported on Thursday that a "third party" had spoken with the Roosters about the dual international's possible return to rugby league.

Tahu was forced to distance himself from talk of a return to the rival code for the second time this week after saying on Tuesday he found the "ex-leaguie" tag to be "irritating".

The drama comes as Tahu prepares for his just his third start of 2009 for the Waratahs, at outside centre against the Western Force in Saturday's Super 14 clash at the Sydney Football Stadium.

"I don't know who this third party is, I think third party means the garbage man or the cleaner," Tahu said on Thursday.

"I'm not going over to league, I've two years still on my contract, I'm happy where I am."

Tahu infamously threw media off the scent of his switch in 2007 by publicly describing the 15-man game as "boring".

But he denied another backflip was a possibility.

"At that time I didn't want to set (up) a big circus," he said.

"I'm a bloke that, if I want to do something, I get it done probably a little bit quieter and wouldn't want to have the circus of both me and the clubs if I was coming over.

"So I thought that was the best way of dealing with things.

"The thing is I'm concentrating on starting for the Waratahs and hopefully starting for the Wallabies in the near future, that's my main goal, so everything else which has been said this morning is false."

Tahu said he had faced some tough questions from his Waratahs teammates on arrival for Thursday's morning training session.

"A few of the players were asking questions, it was a bit of a stressful morning because I turned on the radio to hear the news and the first thing was my name that came up and I'm (thinking) what's going on here?

"It's just lies, I think that article was crap pretty much."

Tahu's time on the bench has fed rumours he is disgruntled with rugby, but he said he was relishing the chance to start and mark another ex-NRL player, Ryan Cross, on Saturday.

"I think any professional player always wants to start," Tahu said.

"I'm in the same boat but it's just the way my cards have been dealt and ... the structure of the Waratahs that they're playing.

"(Injured centre Rob Horne) will be back in a few weeks and when he's back and fully fit, hopefully for the finals, I'll be thinking I'll be back on the bench so I'm just happy to get a couple of games in a starting position."

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said he was unconcerned about Thursday's report.

"Timana's made it very clear where his future lies and what his commitment is, and also his management, so I think that really is the end of it," Hickey told reporters.

"Timana's a fairly honest bloke and you take him on his word.

Roosters chief executive Steve Noyce described the report as "a nothing story".

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