BRYSON Goodwin says the Warrington Wolves players are responding to the ways of new head coach Steve Price.

The Wire's New Zealand international centre, brought in on a two-year deal from South Sydney Rabbitohs, believes all the signs are good for 2018 as he beds himself into the new-look squad which Price is demanding to be 'tough and resilient'.

“I’ve known Steve for a while," said the experienced 31-year-old, who has also played for Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL.

"We lived in the same area of Sydney, but I’ve know him through rugby and know him pretty well.

“I think everybody in the team knows what he wants.

"He’s made his message clear what he wants the team to be.

"All the boys are buying into it and they’re really putting it in on the training paddock, so it looks positive.”

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Initially he had signed for Leigh Centurions but The Wire acted quickly to pay their relegated neighbours a fee for his transfer following the decision of fellow Kiwi international Peta Hiku not to return next season.

“The clubs struck an agreement before the Million Pound Game even happened so even if Leigh had won that (relegation) game I’d have still been at Warrington," he said.

“I’m happy I’m here now. I've nothing against Leigh or anything, but I’m happy to be at Warrington. The boys are really good and it’s a good club.

“I think it’s exciting times ahead. There’s a lot of new boys coming in.

"I haven’t met any of the guys from the World Cup yet, so I’m looking forward to meeting and training with them too, getting to know them and playing with them as well.”

The Goodwin family has a rich history in the sport.

“My dad (Ted) played for St George, played in a few Grand Finals, won one, represented Australia and New South Wales too," he said.

“I’ve got two brothers (Luke, Bronx) who played in the NRL. My sister (Rearne) married another footy player (Joel Reddy, Rabbitohs).

"It’s footy all round, and my young kids are playing it now.

“It’s a real family passion. I’ve not pushed my kids into it, they just grew up to love it.

"They’ve constantly got a ball in their hands, running around wanting to play and tackle each other. It’s good to see, it keeps them active."

Goodwin's brother Luke played in Super League for London Broncos (1998) and Oldham Bears (1997) but his younger sibling said that played no part in his decision to come over to England.

“He said he loved his time here," said Goodwin.

"I spoke to a lot of friends that had played over here, they all said they’d loved it.

"Everybody I spoke to said they’d wished they could still be here, wished they’d come here earlier or spent more time."

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He admitted it had not been a long-held ambition of his to tackle Super League.

“To be honest I thought with my kids starting school it might be a bit hard," said the father of three.

"But then I realised they’re only young. Once I’d signed I got really excited when looking at all the possibilities that presented themselves to us so I just became really excited to come over here and play.

"I’m really looking forward to starting the season and having a good time with the family.”

He has played at his new home ground, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, before.

Goodwin was in the centres for New Zealand when Samoa gave them a fightback fright in the opening Pool B game of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

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That day, he got a taste of how Warrington people can get behind a team - but he and his teammates were on the receiving end as those in the stands tried to roar the underdogs to a shock win.

“It was a good atmosphere in there," he said. "So I’m really looking forward to playing in front of all the home fans now, which will be good.”

His sights are set high for his time in Warrington.

“I didn’t come over to lose," he said.

"I’ve come over here to win trophies and hopefully to win one for Warrington would be great for the club and the area.

"The Challenge Cup means a lot to everyone over here - I just want to be successful.

"What I’ve heard since being here is that the club expects to be at the top, which is good.

“In terms of expectations on ourselves, we’d be disappointed if we weren’t around the top. That’s where we want to be.”