Warrington Wolves new signing Blake Austin says the move to Super League in 2019 provides the perfect challenge at this stage of his career.
It was announced back in June that Austin, 27, would join the Wire next season on a three-year deal from Canberra Raiders.
The half-back, who also had spells with Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers, comes to Super League with a big reputation and was voted the Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year back in 2015.
Speaking exclusively to warringtonwolves.com, Austin says the move to Super League with the Wire presents the ideal opportunity for him.
“I knew for a while that I needed a new challenge,” said Austin.
“When I was weighing up my options initially Super League wasn’t really in my thoughts. It wasn’t until I spoke to Steve [Price] and he told me about Warrington that I considered to make the move over.
“The more I thought about it the more I realised it was going to be a great opportunity to test myself and try something new which is something that excites me.
“I’m coming here off the back of a few pretty good seasons. I sort of found my form probably in the last four or five years in the NRL.
“I like to run the footy and don’t leave anything out on the field. I try my hardest while I’m out there and hopefully the fans can appreciate that.”
Austin recently made a flying visit to Warrington where he met head coach Steve Price and the players before watching the Super 8s clash against St Helens at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Although Austin has had to bide his time before getting started with the Wire he says the club has been at the forefront of his thoughts since his move was announced.
“Since I’ve signed I’ve kept a close eye on Warrington’s games and results,” added Austin.
“I’ve set my alarm for 4.30am on a Friday a few times this year since I’ve signed!
“The exciting part for me is you can watch it on TV but until you come over and try this style of footy you don’t know what it’s going to be about.There’s only so much you can Google and read about Warrington!
“I’ve seen and heard a few of the chants and the crowd seems pretty passionate and that’s one of the things I can’t wait to experience.
“The stadium is unbelievable. It’s a lot different to back home – I guess it has more of a tribal feel. It feels really good to be here.”
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