Thorn keen to make his mark at Tigers

Date published: September 5 2014

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Former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has arrived at Leicester Tigers and is determined to make an impact in his new surroundings.

Former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has arrived at Leicester Tigers and is determined to make an impact in his new surroundings.

Thorn turns 40 next February but said he won't be “some old guy hanging around”, or a “burden or an embarrassment”.

The 2011 World Cup winner is set to make his Tigers debut towards the end of the month as he is still recovering from a bicep injury sustained during the Highlanders' Super Rugby campaign.

He is keen to make an impact when he returns to the playing field.

“I am really keen to contribute and am here to serve in the best way I can,” Thorn told the Leicester Mercury.

“I don't want to be a burden or an embarrassment. I am too proud for that. Trust me, I will be giving it all I have got.

It's really important for me to contribute. I am not some old guy hanging around off the field. I am here to perform and compete.

“When I leave the club, I want to have given more than has been asked. That is always how I have rolled.”

Thorn revealed that he was offered a coaching job at the Highlanders but he turned it down to continue as a player with the Tigers.

“Nobody believes me when I say 'one more year' now,” he added.

“They think I am lying. I even feel my fingers crossing when I say it.

“I had been offered a forwards coach role with the Highlanders. That was nice but I wanted one final year. There were other options but, when this came off, it was too good to pass up.”

Apart from his World Cup success with the All Blacks in 2011, Thorn has also won Super Rugby and Heineken Cup titles with the Crusaders and Leinster respectively.

He also won several trophies while playing rugby league with the Broncos, Queensland and Australia and now wants to add the Premiership title to his list of challenges.

“Trying to win the Aviva Premiership was something that appealed to me,” explained Thorn.

“I like challenges and going out to win things, and this is one of the biggest clubs in Europe which has a great record and had been to nine consecutive finals.

“I had three months at Leinster in 2012 and I was sad to leave, so I am looking forward to having nine months here.”

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