Albert Vete says he learned a lot in his time at NRL champions Melbourne Storm – and he wants to bring that experience to his new club Hull KR in Super League.
The 28-year-old prop has linked up with the Robins on a two-year deal after making 54 appearances in the NRL for New Zealand Warriors and the Storm.
Vete played six games for Melbourne last season as they were crowned NRL champions and he is keen to bring his experience with Storm over to Hull KR.
He said: “I feel like I’ve improved my defence over the last couple of years being in the Melbourne Storm system. It is something they pride themselves on.
“I’m looking to be physical in defence, obviously I can ball carry and ball play but my focus is going to be on my defence.
“If I get my defence right then my attack will be sweet so I’m going to put a lot of energy into my defence this year and show a few things that I’ve learned in the Melbourne Storm system.
“I’m coming over here with really high expectations of the quality of footy. I’ve followed it very closely, I’ve got mates who are scattered around different teams so I’m well aware of the level Super League has and how it is really strong, so I’m definitely excited for the challenge.
“I’ve had bad luck with injuries over the last couple of years so if I can keep healthy and keep fit, hopefully I can make a mark on the Super League.”
The Tonga international will wear the number eight shirt for the Robins and he is excited to work under Hull KR coach Tony Smith.
Vete said: “I can definitely see the respect Tony has when he talks.
“For me, I’m trying to soak it all in and learn as much as I can from him. He’s got a plan for how he wants to play me and wherever that may be I will be happy to do my job.
“It is really good to know a coach has got faith in you and I got that from the get-go with Tony and now I just want to repay the favour.
“There is a lot of competition in the middle forwards so I’m not coming over here thinking I am just get handed my jersey. I know I’ve got to work hard and put my best foot forward and enjoy this competition.”