TYRONE Roberts says getting over to England as quickly as possible to start training with Wolves was the correct decision, both on and off the field.

The playmaker, who signed a three-year deal to join from Gold Coast Titans and become The Wire’s marquee signing for 2018, arrived in the country last week to join preparations for the new Super League season.

Roberts’ arrival means Ben Murdoch-Masila, who featured for Tonga in their thrilling Rugby League World Cup semi-final loss to England on Saturday, is the only new signing who is yet to join up with the squad.

He is expected to arrive on or around December 18, while the England contingent of Chris Hill, Kevin Brown, Ben Currie and Stefan Ratchford are likely to return in the new year after Wayne Bennett’s side reached Saturday’s World Cup final, where they will play Australia in Brisbane.

Roberts explains just how little time he had to get acquainted to his new surroundings but says his whirlwind start to life at Warrington has helped him adjust.

“I was straight off the plane and straight into training. I just did a bit of a warm-up to get some movement back in the legs,” he said.

“I was awake all day, which probably got me used to everything a little bit quicker.

“The first two days were very tough. I had to adapt but I think it was more jetlag than anything.

“I feel really good here though, the boys have welcomed me with open arms.

“I’ve just started to join in with a bit of skills work. It’s been great to get a run around with the boys.

“It’s massive for me as a half-back, I wanted to get over here as quick as possible to work on the combinations.

“Sometimes you feel a bit left out when you’re training on your own and trying to catch up, but it’s been good to get my hands on the ball.

“I definitely feel part of the team now, it’s been good to get out there and start doing some skills.”

Roberts has made the journey alone for the time being, with wife Brittany and daughters Leilani and Chilli still in Australia.

They will eventually join the 26-year-old in England and the former Newcastle Knights man admits life without his family has been tough.

“They’ll make their way over in the new year, it would have been a little bit too much travelling for the kids if they came now,” he said.

“It’s better that way, it means I can mingle more with the boys and get that camaraderie going.

“I’m missing them, it’s the longest I’ve been away from the family since the kids were born.

“It was a hard choice to leave them for a while, but it’s for the best.”

Roberts, like head coach Steve Price and new signings Sita Akauola and Bryson Goodwin, has taken up residence in Stockton Heath and says he is settling into the area well.

He also says he has spoken to recently-retired former Wire star Kurt Gidley about the town and reveals some of the advice he gave him.

“Gids and I are pretty close. We played together at Newcastle and I spoke to him just before I arrived,” he said.

“He gave me a few tips for stuff they did over here as a family so we’ll be doing as much as we can.

“I know the wife and the kids will love it and will adapt as well as I’m doing.

“It does get pretty cold in the morning, you can certainly see a bit of ice on the cars sometimes!

“That’s a big change obviously and a lot to get used to but I’m getting there.

“I’m out in Stockton Heath but it’s a great area and I’m settling in very well.”

The Indigenous All Stars and NSW Country Origin representative also says he is encouraged by the early signs he has seen in training.

He realises that, as a half-back, there will be pressure on him to succeed but says he cannot let it affect his game.

“The coaches just want me to go out and play football, that’s the key,” he said.

“They know my game having seen me play in the NRL, so they know how I operate.

“Obviously, it’s important for me to know the combinations and get them right so we can start off strong.

“As a playmaker, you try not to feel as much pressure as an individual. It’s my job as a half-back to stay calm and control the game.”

Wire fans have expressed excitement about the prospect of Roberts pulling on the primrose and blue jersey and Roberts says he cannot wait to experience the atmosphere at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

He feels it would be “an honour” to emulate the likes of Gidley and Allan Langer at the club, but says it is up to him to put himself on that level.

“We can’t predict anything, but I’m looking forward to getting out there and playing in front of them,” he said.

“I’ve heard all about the derby games we have round here so I can’t wait to experience that.

“The best thing about it is that I’ve come out here in my prime. I feel good about my game so hopefully that means I can deliver.

“Alfie Langer is a big legend of the game in Australia and having played with Gids for a couple of years, I know how great a player he was.

“It would be an honour if I could get my name up alongside those guys.

“We’ll have to wait and see, it’s up to me and the rest of the guys to get the results before any of that happens.”