Wigan Warriors’ new signing Gabe Hamlin says he owes a lot to Joe Burgess for helping him settle in.
The 20-year-old has been in the UK for a couple of months now after making the switch from NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs in October.
And Hamlin admitted that Warriors winger Burgess has made life easier for him since his arrival.
He told loverugbyleague.com: “I was living with Budgie (Joe Burgess) for two months and I moved out around five days ago so I’m trying to get everything in my house sorted.
“It’s a bit of a headache but I suppose that’s just a thing with moving into your own home but I’m getting settled in now though.
“At the start, I struggled a little bit with the change but now I’m getting into the swing of things. I’m waiting for my bed to come and stuff like that – I’ve been sleeping on the sofa but it’s all good. I’m getting used to it and I’m liking it here.
“Budgie took me under his wing, showed me the good places to eat and all that stuff so he has helped me out a lot and Oliver Gildart and Ryan Sutton have been really good with me as well but all of the boys have been good.”
Hamlin comes to the DW Stadium highly recommended by Rabbitohs head coach and former Wigan boss Michael Maguire, who described Hamlin as ‘someone who was made for the Wigan environment’.
But the young prop or loose forward isn’t letting the hype around his move get on top of him – he just wants to enjoy his debut campaign in Super League.
He added: “I have set goals but I kind of want to play just as much as I can, I don’t want to put a limit of 10 or 20 games or whatever.
“I would love to play in every single game so I’m going to try and have my body ready for every game that I’m able to play.
“It’s my first year so I just want to play as many games as I can and play my best footy and go from there.
“I’ve been registered under Swinton as well so I’ll be open to playing for them (on dual-registration). I obviously want to play for Wigan, but if not then I would play for Swinton.”