Bevan French admits the speed of Super League took him by surprise following this year’s mid-season switch.
Wigan’s utility back arrived in the competition in August and showed good form as the Warriors closed out the campaign at the semi-final stage.
He said: “I didn’t underestimate the skill level or the calibre of the players; it was a lot faster than I imagined, and there has certainly been some high intensity matches so that caught me by surprise, but the footy is great.”
The former Parramatta star is now eager to hit the ground running his first full season in the UK.
“I guess pre-season is always a tough time of the year, and the first day back was no different.
“It’s been quite tough out there, we covered a lot of kilometres and had a bit of contact so I’m sure I’ll be a bit sore later.
“The thing that excites me is having the chance to get my body right.
“I learned all the players and all the structures correctly, and at the back end of the year I had a little understanding of the spots we needed to be, so it’s not just physical thing I need to work on.”
And French admitted that acclimatising to his first winter in the North West of England has not been a seamless process.
“I’m not going to lie, I don’t really like the English winter, it’s too cold for me.
“My first time running around out there in the cold weather was a bit of mental challenge, but it is good to have and hopefully I can overcome that and get used to it moving forward.”
Unsurprisingly, the Aussie is targeting Grand Final glory with the Warriors in 2020.
“We want to win the comp,” he confirmed.
“On paper we have the squad to do it, but it is just about how we connect as a team, I’m sure we can do it.
“It is also good to have new faces coming in because we can learn off each other and you never stop learning and that will only benefit the team.”