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Former second row Louis Anderson still thinks about Warrington Wolves
12:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Wolves news
SPECIAL memories created in Warrington could lure Louis Anderson back to an English club.
A strong desire to experience a different culture resulted in the former New Zealand international back rower and his family heading to France with Catalan Dragons after Wolves won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2011.
He departed after the play-offs loss to Leeds Rhinos with two Challenge Cup winners’ medals in his back pocket and a treasure trove of life-changing moments.
The 28-year-old did not figure in the Catalan team against his former teammates on Saturday, having been sidelined with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon for three months, but in an exclusive interview at Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday he spoke highly of his experience in Perpignan so far and his longing to impress during the final year of his current contract.
Anderson, who will miss out on the World Cup with Tonga as a consequence of his injury, said: “If I can have a good season in 2014 hopefully some options will come from it – whether it’s staying in France or I could go back to England.
“I’ve put off going back to Australia or New Zealand unless it’s to go back to get on to the next chapter of my life.”
Leaving a successful Warrington team was a wrench but the yearning of a new adventure was strong and he has loved his time in France despite the injury setback.
“It’s been amazing,” he said.
“The French people, the Catalan people, are so welcoming and we’ve had a great experience.”
And there is now a new member of the Anderson clan – Tane, an eight-month-old sister to Cruz, aged 18 months, Soni, aged four, and Layla, aged six.
“Layla now speaks French and Soni’s starting to learn. It’s been good for all of us,” explained Anderson as he continued on the culture theme.
“I love nature and this place definitely offers that.
“We go hunting in the mountains. The ski fields are an hour away, while the beach is five minutes away. They have a wonderful life down here.
“The food’s magnificent here too, and I love fishing although the Mediterranean Sea is a little over-fished at the moment I think.
“I wish we’d done a bit more of that sort of thing in England. The country has so much to offer but we didn’t experience as much as we could and if we do go back any time I would want to take advantage of that.”
Anderson, whose ex-Wolves brother Vinnie has signed a two-year contract extension at nearby Carcassonne, said Warrington, the club and its supporters remain close to his heart.
“My memories are of the environment I was in, firstly with Paul Cullen who brought me to England.
“Krishna and I came over as a newly married couple and my family grew while I was at Warrington so that’s special to me.
“The team environment was amazing with the new training facilities.
“Tony Smith had a really good thing going with the team and he’s definitely one of the best coaches I’ve had. But it was generally the environment among the players and appearing in Challenge Cup finals.
“It’s not often you get the chance to play in finals but for me I think with the preparation we’d had we knew we’d won the games before we went on to the field. And that feeling was amazing. With the club’s fans being awesome too, I do think about Warrington a lot.”
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