Lyons staying in touch with Sydney Scorpions
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF you want to send some fan mail to rugby league legend Cliff Lyons and you're wondering where to send it, you could almost be forgiven for writing c/o Post Office, Coffs Harbour on the envelope.
Playing in the National Touch League titles at the International Stadium this week, Lyons admits that he's starting to get to know this town like the back of his own hand.
"It's nearly my second home at the moment, I'm coming here two or three times a year," he joked.
"I was here for Men of League and then there was the Russell Crowe sevens at Orara Valley and the touch footy, so I've been here a bit lately."
Playing for the strong Sydney Scorpions team this week as part of the men's 40's team, Lyons admits that his team has been forced to belie their years in their preparation for this year's titles.
"We've been training three nights a week for this over the last two months," he explained.
"Ball work, fitness the whole lot. I keep trying to remind them that we're forty year-olds mate, not twenty year-olds.
"But it's a long week and it's a hard week so if you don't get that fitness you're not going to last so it has to be done."
The results of the hard work seems to have been paying off as the Scorpions were undefeated after four games and as one of the greatest play makers of all time in their team, it's no surprise that the Scorpions had scored an incredible 47 touchdowns already.
Lyons though thinks that the hard work for the tournament is about to start today.
"We haven't had any hard ones yet but we've got the Suns and Sharks on Friday and that's going to test us," he added.
Despite being 44 years old, Lyons is still yet to officially throw in the towel on his incredible rugby league career and refuses to say that he won't be pulling on the boots again this season.
"I'm still thinking about playing, probably for Narraweena again," the two time winner of the Dally M Player of the Year award said.
"I haven't decided yet, I want to get all this touch football out of the way and then I'll make a decision but it's 50-50 at this stage."
If you get out to the Stadium today, go and watch the master in action and pull Lyons aside and let him know if you think he should go around for one more year.
If there's one rugby league great who's shown that he's happy to a have a chat with anyone about football, then Lyons is it.