Sea Eagles prop Lloyd Perrett enjoys playing a 'home' match in Brisbane.
"I'm a Queenslander, so for me, it is great to be back home,'' Perrett said ahead of Saturday's home clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium as part of the third annual Brisbane Double Header.
"When I was four years old, my Dad joined the Queensland Police Force from the NZ Police Force, so my family came over here for opportunity.
"I went to school here in Qld, lived in Nerang, played for the Burleigh Bears, and went to school at Palm Beach,
"The Gold Coast is my home. I come here every off-season, so it is good to be back in Queensland.
It is also Mother’s Day on Sunday, so I get the chance to go home and see my Mum on the Gold Coast.Lloyd Perrett
"Playing up here is good financially for the Club. It's also a chance for our Members (in Queensland) to see us play as we have plenty of Manly fans up here. Hopefully we can repay them by performing well."
Perrett said a few days away enjoying the company of his team-mates would also be beneficial to the team as it looks to win its third match of the season and end a five game losing streak.
His team-mates were in good spirits as the Sea Eagles players enjoyed some fun at a coaching clinic with some of the talented youngsters from the Norths St Josephs Junior Rugby League Club tonight after arriving in Brisbane earlier in the day.
"We love getting away and being on tour, just being around each other and having some fun,'' Perrett said.
"Hopefully we can transfer that onto the field.
"The games that we have lost, it has basically been down to penalties and drop balls. The past two weeks (against Newcastle and the Sydney Roosters) we have been going in the right direction towards winning and it has shown on the scoreboard as well.
"The Broncos are always a very good team. They have got a good coach and they always have got a solid and very strong playing group.
"I grew up playing against Anthony Milford, Kodi Nikorima, Joe Ofahengaue, and Corey Oates. I know the talent they have and it doesn't take a lot to bring the best out of those boys. When they are on fire, they are on fire.
"I'm really looking forward to the game and getting that much needed win."
Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos
Saturday 7.35pm at Suncorp Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 43; Sea Eagles 21, Broncos 21, 1 draw
At Suncorp Stadium: Played 20; Broncos, Sea Eagles 8.