AMBITIOUS Ashton Sims was sporting primrose and blue long before agreeing to join Warrington Wolves on a two-year deal from next season.
The prop, now Fiji captain, was part of the side who beat Samoa at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in the World Cup quarter finals last November.
And Sims admits the Warrington faithful, along with Tony Smith’s passion for the game, made it an easy decision to sign from North Queensland Cowboys.
“When I was walking around clapping the crowd someone gave me a Warrington scarf and I brought it home to Australia,” said the 29-year-old.
“It’s a little bit ironic eight months later I’ve signed there.
“I love the stadium, I loved playing there and we had a good game against Samoa – the crowd were great, so I really can’t wait.
“We played the one game at Warrington and I thought if I ever got an opportunity to come over I’d love to.
“Tony was so passionate about rugby league and what he wants to do with Warrington, so it was a really easy decision.”
The 2013 World Cup also pitted Sims against Wolves’ England pair Chris Hill and Ben Westwood.
“I was really impressed with those two,” he added. “I know Bennie’s been a great player for a long time. I’m definitely looking forward to teaming up with those guys as well as Roy (Asotasi) and the team.
“I played against the Monaghans, Roy and Trent Waterhouse, but I haven’t played alongside any of them so that was definitely another exciting prospect.
“I’m not coming over for a holiday, I’m coming over to win. I know the Wolves boys playing now are hungry for success and so am I.”
For now, Sims has unfinished business in the NRL before asserting his experience and qualities within Smith’s camp.
“I’d love to come over with two rings – my wedding ring and a Premiership ring,” he explained.
“Tony told me about all the good young forwards at Warrington and that’s definitely my goal, to help bring that next generation through, get them into a successful culture with good long careers.
“I started at St George Illawarra Dragons and was pretty lucky as we had the two Australian props Luke Bailey and Jason Ryles, so I learned a lot from them.
“I learned to enjoy my football.
You work hard, you train hard and you enjoy yourself. It’s easy to play one good game but consistency is what gives you a good career.
“You’ve got to stay professional and hopefully that’s something I can bring to Warrington. I enjoy the professionalism of rugby league and if you’re enjoying life then the ‘footy’ normally goes well for you on the field.”