By Blake Edwards

Illawarra Cutters fullback Sam Clune is relishing his playing opportunities ahead of the clash against the Wentworthville Magpies at Ringrose Park, Wentworthville on Sunday.

The former Penrith Panthers utility joined the Club mid-season in search of a greater challenge and made his debut in the Round 22 fixture against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.  

Additionally, Clune would like to pursue a lifelong dream of playing with his brother Adam Clune, a recent graduate of the Dragons NYC, in a completive environment.

This ambition will unfortunately not take place this season, with Adam sidelined through injury.

“It was exciting to make my debut at a new club, with a great bunch of blokes," said Clune.

“The transition has been really easy and really comfortable.

“It’s closer to home and knowing a few of the boys from my earlier days within the Dragons ranks has defiantly made it that bit easier.

“I felt there was a lack of opportunity at Penrith, so I thought a move back home would be best for me.

“I had it in the back of my mind from the start of the year that I’d love to come home and play with my brother.

“I got the opportunity to play with Adam in the local league a few times, but I’d love the opportunity to play with him at this higher level.

“Overall I’m pretty happy with my time so far here at the Club.”