Australian recruit Cheyse Blair is settling in well at Castleford Tigers with a little help from teammate and fellow Aussie Grant Millington.
Centre Blair has been staying with Millington temporarily at his house since arriving mid-season from Australia.
He did not know Grant from his days back home, but is grateful to him for helping him settle quickly in England.
He said: “He has welcomed me in and shown me the ropes.
“The first thing I noticed was he’s a good chef!
“He’s cooking every night and helping me through the week and preparing for games.”
Blair has played alongside Jesse Sene-Lefao before at Manly while he knows a couple of other Super League stars well.
He explained: “I’ve got a mate that plays at St Helens – Joseph Paulo – and a mate that plays at Wakefield. I played all my junior footy with Jacob Miller and I’ve known him since I was about 10 years old. There’s be a bit of rivalry when we play each other.”
Blair has been impressed by Super League.
He added: Super League’s good, the footy’s obviously a lot different to the NRL, but the crowds build the games up and it’s really good to be a part of.
“My first game at home, against Warrington, it was awesome. They say when we’ve got a local derby here, with us against Leeds or us against Wakefield, it’s good. I am looking forward to that.
“Melbourne’s game is built on defence whereas over here it is a bit more free-flowing and they throw the ball around a lot more. I like to get my hands on the ball.”