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After spending time at three NRL clubs inside the last two seasons, NZ Warriors Intrust Super Premiership NSW hooker Manaia Cherrington affirms he finally feels at home.

Inking a contract at the Cronulla Sharks to seal his move from the Wests Tigers ahead of the 2017 campaign, Cherrington sought a release from the reigning NRL Premiers mid-way through this season, pursuing more minutes, in the hope of then seeing first grade football.

Speaking with NSWRL.com.au in the lead up to his side's clash with the Panthers on Sunday, Cherrington says the mid-season transfer is one that has him now proudly boasting a smile, ahead of the Qualifying Final fixture at UOW Jubilee Oval.

"I'm definitely over the moon, I get to play finals footy, and it's exciting times ahead. Hopefully we can play a big game against Penrith this week," the 23-year-old says.

"[It has been good to] just bide my time, and get a bit of confidence back and hopefully play (first) grade."

Squaring off with his opposite number and ISP NSW Hooker of the Year Mitch Rein, Cherrington is under no illusions of the task at hand in the battle of two-plays-three.

See the full interview with Manaia Cherrington, now playing on NSWRL.com.au.

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