“It is simple to snicker about now, however understanding the picture [and what it portrayed], it was undoubtedly one thing I should not have carried out,” Paulo stated.
“I nonetheless have the pictures from that day when the boys geed me as much as do an interview sporting headgear.
“Nevertheless it’s additionally a picture I do not need my children seeing. It was damaging to my model. I will by no means shrink back from the errors I’ve made in my life. I will at all times make errors. Whether or not you make them a few times, you at all times study.
“I felt the two-and-a-half years I spent away from Sydney was undoubtedly among the best choices I made for myself. Numerous maturity wanted to enter that call, and I am higher for it now.
“The Junior Paulo again then is just not the identical Junior Paulo as now. My priorities are completely different.”
That very same yr Paulo was issued with a warning by police for consorting with alleged criminals after a photograph appeared of him at The Star.
“Again then I used to be younger and dumb and simply having fun with life,” Paulo stated.
“It is a stage of my life I will not remorse. Every little thing occurs for a cause and it is one thing I will not shrink back from.
“It landed me within the place I used to be in again then. I am grateful for the membership to have the religion to get me again right here.
“Parramatta appears like house. Behind my thoughts I at all times knew I would come again to Sydney, however I did not suppose I would be again this quickly.”
Paulo, 25, was knocking on the door of NSW Origin choice not that way back and has shortly impressed his Eels teammates together with his management and work ethic.
The wrecking ball can be keeping track of his weight, tipping the scales at about 124 kilograms, a far cry from the 130 kilograms he weighed when he first joined Canberra, and far lighter than the 140 kilograms he blew out to after Samoa’s World Cup marketing campaign.
Canberra have been eager for Paulo to stay with the membership, however may by no means match the cash on provide from his junior western Sydney membership.
Paulo will likely be considered one of a number of big-name stars the blue and gold trot out at St Marys on Friday night, with the wraps to be taken off much-hyped teen five-eighth Dylan Brown.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.