Roy Asotasi is looking forward to showing his flamboyant side in Super League this year.
The 32-year-old Kiwi has spent the last month acclimatising to his new life as one of Warrington Wolves’ starting props under Tony Smith and now that he has had some time to settle, he believes that life in English rugby league will suit him just fine.
“My style will definitely suit Super League,” he said.
“I think that is part of the reason why Tony took me on board. He felt I wasn’t utilising my skills enough in the NRL and he wanted me to open up a bit more.
“I have been stuck playing more of a robotic game in the NRL, but you need something different here and I found that out when I was training with the squad in the first week or two.
“I just need to adjust to how Warrington play as a team.
“They are a flamboyant side and they like to throw the ball about a bit, so for me it’s about getting my offload game working again.
“Tony felt that I wasn’t using my offload and perhaps I was a bit scared of using it when playing in the NRL.
“But Tony is promoting that style of play and I think I will enjoy it. It is great that he is giving us ownership of what we can do out on the field.”
But his natural flair will come second to doing the grunt work that will be expected of him, the hard graft that propelled Asotasi to be captain of both South Sydney Rabbitohs and his national team as well.
“I am not coming into Super League to excite it,” he admitted.
“I’m not a half back or a full back and I don’t have a kicking game, but I am definitely going to play some tough football.”
Now living in Stockton Heath with his wife Celeste and two sons, Xayden, aged two, and Erza, aged five months, long-term Sydney resident Asotasi is trying to settle into the Warrington way of life.
It may take some time yet before he and his sun-loving family get used to the bitter cold, wind and rain that tend to accompany the start of the Super League season, but Asotasi has already picked something up – an understanding of just how important a win against St Helens will be on the first day of the season.
“They are one of the benchmark sides in the competition and the boys have told me all about how they had a tough time against them in the past,” he said. “I don’t usually look ahead in the schedule but our next six weeks is a tough one, so we want to set our standard early in the season and put ourselves in a good position after six weeks.
“You can’t ask for a better start to the competition, Leeds, Saints and Hull back-to-back and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”