Back and better than ever
HE'S been back for just more than a month, but United Warriors winger Jakob Lee has quickly re-established himself as one of the most dangerous players in the Fraser Coast League.
Lee was deadly in front of goals when he played for the Warriors last year, booting 11 goals in seven matches before signing with Queensland State Youth League club Gympie Fire.
The 21-year-old started 2013 as an over-age player for National Premier League club Wide Bay Revolution, but left after Round 14 of the under-20 competition to return to the Warriors.
Lee, a young father of four-year-old Sebastian, revealed the reason for his departure was purely because he couldn't commit to the extra travel, but said he was indebted to the Revolution for giving him the opportunity.
"It's definitely helped me become a better player," he said.
"The training was a lot harder and the intensity was right up there.
"My accuracy in front of goals is also a lot better and I have a better understanding on how to time my runs."
Since returning to the Warriors, which sit second on the ladder, Lee, a member of the 2011 championship-winning Warriors side, has proved a real threat in the front third.
He has found the back of the net five times in his last three games, including a hat-trick last week against Tinana West Tigers, which leaves him in fourth spot on the top goal scores' list this season.
Lee said he was blessed to come into a side that is a title contender.
And with his fifth match for the Warriors this year looming in tonight's clash with Sunbury Blues, he admits that the move has fuelled his hunger for another shot at a grand final.
"It's definitely a desire to be there (grand final) and the trophies, at the end of the day, are what you play for," he said.
The Warriors come off a 5-1 victory over the Tigers, and Lee said they want to continue their run of four wins from their past five games against the Blues.
"We've got to keep the momentum going and building upon it," he said.
"The big thing is we're playing our game, our style of football. We're in excellent shape."