MARQUEE Warrington Wolves signing Roy Asotasi says tonight’s home debut will be special to him.
The explosive 32-year-old prop, brought in from South Sydney Rabbitohs, was given a 20-minute run in the friendly at Leigh Centurions to blow out the cobwebs but the intensity will heighten tonight when he gets to grips with the likes of ex-Wolves skipper Adrian Morley - his old sparring partner at international level.
Morley, who left Wolves last year with three Challenge Cup winners’ medals in his back pocket, is now captain of a Salford Red Devils squad that features 14 new signings, including Samoan World Cup centre Junior Sa’u and England stand off Rangi Chase.
But for Auckland-born 'Big Roy', who represented New Zealand 24 times, tonight is not particularly about the opposition but the next stage of preparation in writing a new chapter of Wolves history.
“The home debut will mean a lot,” said Asotasi, who has amassed 218 senior NRL appearances with Canterbury Bulldogs (2002-2006) and the Bunnies (2007-2013).
“I’ve never played on the ground before and it’ll be good to get a feel of it and what to expect from Super League - the intensity and physicality of what lies ahead.”
He said he has been overwhelmed by the welcome he has received, by all at the club and the fans he has met too.
“The fans have been good,” he said.
“I’ve met a lot when I’ve been out in the streets while walking around - they’re friendly.
“I’m looking forward to working with the team and putting on a show for them.”