Mr.Reliable not ready to say goodbye
Farewell is far from the mind of Tohu Harris this week.
Mr. Reliable will pull on the purple jersey for the last time on Sunday before returning home to New Zealand to join the Warriors in the summer.
Harris has played 115 games for Melbourne over the last five years, rarely missing a game during those first four seasons.
This campaign though has thrown up its fair share of curve balls, with injury restricting Harris to just 12 games in his final season in Melbourne.
However it is that 13th game that he remains focused on. Any thought of a goodbye has been put on hold.
“I haven’t thought about it too much,” Harris said.
“I’ve been asked about it a lot but I haven’t sat down and thought about it too much. I am just taking the week in and taking every day as it comes.
“I will probably sit down with my family at some point in the off-season and really think about it. At the moment we are preparing for such an exciting game and that has been the focus really.”
Harris is preparing for his second NRL Grand Final after being part of the team that fell just short last year.
As much as some try to pass it off as a normal week, the 25-year-old knows it is far from that.
Rather than shy away from everything Grand Final week brings, Harris has instead learned to embrace it.
“The week is a bit different to a normal week,” Harris said.
“You’ve got to be able to deal with that and handle all of that. Experiencing it last year will help us prepare for it but it terms of preparing for the game it is the same as every week.”