Sorensen hopes to make family proud in GF

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Sharing a famous rugby league surname can be tough.

But Penrith forward Scott Sorensen is quickly making a name for himself after showing resilience that would make his legendary uncles proud in order to play his first NRL grand final.

Simply being mentioned in the same conversation as his uncles, Kiwi and Cronulla greats Kurt and Dane, brings a smile to Sorensen's face ahead of Sunday's decider against South Sydney.

But Sorensen reckons he could never live up to their formidable reputations that were carved out in the tough old days of the 1970s and 1980s when the biff was definitely not banned.

"Maybe the new rules have saved me. I don't have to be so aggressive," Sorensen laughed.

"But they played in a different time when aggression was key.

"They got where they did in their careers because of the way they played.

"But they inspire and motivate me, it's cool to share that (last name)."

Sorensen's childhood was filled with constant reminders of his famous bloodline.

"In the family there are lots of clippings and photo albums of them, lots of stories about them," he said.

"They opened the door for Kiwi players to come across and play league in Australia so it is humbling to be mentioned in the same conversation as them.

"I stay in touch with them. They send me well wishes and advice when needed but are very humble about what they did, that's the type of people they are."

Still, Sorensen found it difficult to follow in their footsteps.

He had stints at Cronulla and Canberra and was cut by South Sydney without playing a match in 2015.

"At the time South Sydney had a team that was going pretty well and the coach Michael Maguire told me there won't be an opportunity for me to play on," Sorensen said.

"I appreciated his honesty. Maybe I wasn't ready for first grade."

He finally received regular game time on his Sharks return (2018-20) before linking with Penrith this year.

Finally, everything clicked.

He has been a bench regular since round nine, helping the Panthers book a second straight grand final.

Still, fate stepped in to test Sorensen once again.

He suffered a dislocated wrist in the final regular season game.

What was at first diagnosed as an eight-to-10 week injury sidelined him for one finals game.

"Once I knew there was no break I was focused on getting the wrist right," he said.

"Now to be saying I will be involved in a grand final is very exciting.

"It has taken a bit of time to get an opportunity in first grade. I am very grateful."

Any doubts over his wrist were dismissed after his stunning cover tackle that cut short try-bound Melbourne half Jahrome Hughes in the preliminary final, one that made even 2003 Penrith premiership hero Scott Sattler sit up and take notice.

"It was an amazing play from Scotty who has worked really hard to get to Sunday with injuries and changes to clubs," Sattler said.

"It speaks volumes of the mindset of that club - it shows they are willing to fight until the death."

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