Penrith Panthers forward Scott Sorensen wants to make family proud with NRL premiership triumph

Sharing a well-known rugby league surname might be robust.

However Penrith ahead Scott Sorensen is shortly making a reputation for himself, displaying resilience that might make his legendary uncles proud to be able to play his first NRL grand remaining.

Dane and Kurt Sorensen are thought to be New Zealand rugby league greats, having been mainstays for the Kiwis on the Take a look at degree.

They cast profitable membership careers with Cronulla in the course of the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties, whereas additionally having a quick stint on the Roosters. 

Merely being talked about in the identical dialog as his uncles brings a smile to Sorensen’s face forward of Sunday’s premiership decider towards South Sydney.

Sorensen’s childhood was stuffed with fixed reminders of his well-known bloodline.

“In the family there are lots of clippings and photo albums of them, lots of stories about them,” stated Sorensen, who was born in Sydney.

“They opened the door for Kiwi players to come across and play league in Australia, so it is humbling to be mentioned in the same conversation as them.

Still, Sorensen found it difficult to follow in the footsteps of his uncles, whose careers are still fondly remembered by rugby league fans.

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He played for Cronulla — across two stints — and Canberra, and was cut by South Sydney without playing a match in 2015.

“On the time, South Sydney had a crew that was going fairly effectively and the coach, Michael Maguire, advised me there would not be a chance for me to play on,” Sorensen said.

“I appreciated his honesty. Possibly I wasn’t prepared for first grade.”

A Cronulla Sharks NRL player holds the ball as he is tackled by Roosters opponents in 2020.
Sorensen had two stints with the Sharks earlier than becoming a member of the Panthers.(

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Sorensen finally received regular match time on his Sharks return (2018-20) before linking with Penrith this year.

Finally, everything clicked.

He has been an interchange regular since round nine, helping the Panthers book a second straight grand-final berth.

Still, fate stepped in to test Sorensen once again. He suffered a dislocated wrist in the final round of the minor premiership.

But what was first diagnosed as a potential 10-week injury only sidelined him for one finals match.

“As soon as I knew there was no break I used to be targeted on getting the wrist proper,” Sorensen said.

“Now to be saying I will likely be concerned in a grand remaining may be very thrilling.

Any doubts over his wrist have been dismissed after his gorgeous cowl deal with that reduce brief try-bound Melbourne Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes in final Saturday’s preliminary-final win.

Sorensen will begin on the interchange bench within the grand remaining.

He now has the chance to realize a feat that eluded his uncles throughout their time within the Sydney rugby league competitors, profitable a first-grade premiership.

The 28-year-old will likely be eager about each of them as he prepares for Sunday’s conflict with the Rabbitohs.

“They inspire and motivate me. It’s cool to share that [surname],” he stated.

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