Parramatta recruit Shaun Lane says an open talk with Eels coach Brad Arthur convinced the back-rower to reject a new deal with Manly and join his fourth club in five seasons.
Lane has settled into his new surroundings in Sydney's west while continuing to study a health science degree at the University of Sydney on a part-time basis.
After featuring in every game of 2018 and cementing a starting spot with the struggling Sea Eagles outfit, it is natural to ask why Lane would again chase a fresh start elsewhere.
"I got asked this by one of the Parramatta blokes when I arrived and I said it just felt good to be wanted," Lane told NRL.com.
"When I first met with Brad he looked me dead in the eye and said I really want you at the club.
"He said we'll be a better club with you and like how you are as a person. That was the main thing for me and it really hit home.
"All the clubs that I've been to I've always been looking for a home and somewhere that wants me to stick around. Hopefully, I can stay for good."
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The departure of Lane caught the Sea Eagles off guard in June.
His former club made their feelings known when announcing the 24-year-old's departure, declaring they were disappointed by his decision and believed they made "a more than competitive offer for Shaun's services" before the Eels landed his signature.
But the return of Manly forward Curtis Sironen from an ACL injury was set to present another roadblock for Lane in 2019, whereas the Eels had a clear opening in their starting back row with the right edge spot up for grabs.
"I saw [Manly's media release] and it's a bit for them to protect themselves and it's a compliment for myself that they did want to keep me," Lane said.
"The season couldn't have gone any better for me personally, I started off the bench and through a few injuries got an opportunity. I scored a bunch of tries and it turned into a season I needed.
"I feel I've made the best decision for my career. At the end of the 2017 season I found myself in a predicament. I wasn't anything near a consistent first-grader.
"I'd spent the last three years out of first grade, showed some potential but didn't take a hold of a position at any club.
"I always like it when there is a position up for grabs, I haven't known any different. I've always had to earn my spot and this will be no different at the Eels."
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