FIRST impressions are favourable for Warrington Wolves’ new Australian signing Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

The 29-year-old second rower was the first new recruit for 2024, putting pen to paper in Juy to be playing under Daryl Powell in Wire colours.

But a lot has happened since the announcement that the 6ft 4ins powerhouse would be leaving his only NRL club to date, Newcastle Knights, in order to take up the three-year deal at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

> See more pictures and video footage of Wire pre-season training day one

Powell has, of course, been replaced by Sam Burgess as head coach and the pair got to work together on the training ground for the first time this week as pre-season training kicked in.

“With Sam coming in as the new coach – and he’s got some new ideas defensively- and I think the attacking shapes might be a little bit different – it’s been super important for us to get together as a group and go through the structures in defence and attack, and get some kilometres in the legs is always important,” said Fitzgibbon as he reflected on day one of pre-season training.

“It was an impressive day one. We did about a 7k run and some upper body testing. It impressed me a lot that all the boys came back super fit and super strong.

“The facilities here are great and Sam and the staff are really good so you couldn’t ask for a better day one.”

Warrington Guardian: Lachlan Fitzgibbon in pre-season training with Warrington WolvesLachlan Fitzgibbon in pre-season training with Warrington Wolves (Image: Warrington Wolves)