Friday, May 26, 2006

Where are they now




Another new feature that I hope will become a regular here is the follow up on ex-Warriors of note to see how they are going these days.

First up we have perennial fan fave Mark Tookey.


The question is where is he now? I'm sure you have all been missing him just a much as I have.

Tookster left the warriors in July 2004 and shifted breifly to the Castleford Tigers, who were then relegated. In September 2004 Tookey joined the then named London Broncoes along with a number of other ex-Warriors. The team has since been renamed London Harlequins and the Tookster is still plying his trade in heavyweight forward play.

Here is a breif bio on the Tookster:

Hailing from Sydney, Mark originally played for the Logan Brothers and Springwood junior clubs.
Upon turning professional Mark signed for the ill-fated South Queensland Crushers, playing in the same team alongside Steele Retchless and Mat Toshack.
After a two year spell with Parramatta in Sydney, Mark crossed the Tasman to join the New Zealand Warriors. It was at the Auckland based club that Mark fully confirmed his reputation as a tough, rampaging forward. Stocky and relatively short of stature, but with immense power, Mark certainly takes some stopping from close range, which in the process often creates space for other runners.
After a successful 2002 season in Auckland, culminating in a NRL Grand Final appearance, Mark’s opportunities at the Warriors became limited and in July 2004 he signed for Castleford Tigers.
Quickly becoming a firm favourite of the Tigers crowd, Mark’s performances helped give the Yorkshire side a big boost in their ultimately unsuccessful fight against relegation. Mark signed for London Broncos in September 2004.

Here is his current profile with the Harlequins, notable for his playing weight of 110kg:

http://www.quins.co.uk/playerdisplayRL.ink?playertype=S&season=2005/2006&squadno=17&storytype=RL

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