Headline Warrington signing Blake Austin says he wasn’t considering a move to Super League – until he spoke to Steve Price.
Austin, 27, fills the void left by the departing Tyrone Roberts at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and was seen as something as a coup for the Wolves, joining on a three-year deal from Canberra.
He told the club’s official website: “When I was weighing up my options initially Super League wasn’t really in my thoughts. It wasn’t until I spoke to Steve (Price) and he told me about Warrington that I considered to make the move over.
“The more I thought about it the more I realised it was going to be a great opportunity to test myself and try something new which is something that excites me.
“I’m coming here off the back of a few pretty good seasons. I sort of found my form probably in the last four or five years in the NRL.
“I like to run the footy and don’t leave anything out on the field. I try my hardest while I’m out there and hopefully the fans can appreciate that.”
The Wolves will be hoping its third time lucky for them in terms of overseas half-back recruits, having seen both Roberts and Chris Sandow depart the club early in their contracts to return Down Under.
Austin visited the club in the build up to the Super 8s game with St Helens and has been keeping an eye on his new club from afar.
He added: “I’ve set my alarm for 4.30am on a Friday a few times this year since I’ve signed!
“The exciting part for me is you can watch it on TV but until you come over and try this style of footy you don’t know what it’s going to be about. There’s only so much you can Google and read about Warrington!
“I’ve seen and heard a few of the chants and the crowd seems pretty passionate and that’s one of the things I can’t wait to experience.
“The stadium is unbelievable. It’s a lot different to back home – I guess it has more of a tribal feel. It feels really good to be here.”