Warrington Wolves prop Ashton Sims admits he has been surprised at how well he has settled into English life since joining the Wolves at the start of the season, and revealed he would be open to finishing his career in Super League.
Sims, 30, has ambitions of a semi final berth in 2015 and, while he is preparing for a tough task in the Super 8s, it is a challenge he is embracing in his first year away from the NRL.
“I think the competition is great,” added the former Brisbane Bronco.
“Once I signed with Warrington I started to watch a bit more Super League and I was really impressed with what I saw.
“It’s a well-respected comp back home and I think the more games are on TV over there, the more people realise how good the standard is over here.
“It’s something I’m definitely proud to be a part of. I don’t see why I couldn’t see out my career here.
“I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I have, from playing to living in the English lifestyle.
“My family have loved it too. They were a little bit apprehensive coming off the plane when it was -2 and raining, but they love it. The kids have made good friends at school and the wife’s made a lot of friends even outside of rugby – that’s made it an easy transition for us.”
Sims also feels that Warrington can reach at least the semi-finals of the play-offs, despite starting from sixth position in the table.
“I definitely think we can reach the top four,” he added.
“And we want to win the competition. But we’re just going through the processes of getting to the Grand Final first before we start dreaming of winning it.
“There’s no point thinking about the bigger picture yet, we’ve just got to focus on now.
“Tony Smith does a really good job of keeping us grounded, that’s probably one of our biggest strengths.