Toronto’s Ricky Leutele has recounted his experiences of facing new team-mate Sonny Bill Williams, and admits he’s found himself in awe of the dual-code Kiwi.
Williams is the Wolfpack’s headline acquisition as they prepare for life in Super League, and Leutele admits he’s relishing lining up alongside him.
He said: “He was one of my idols growing up so it is crazy to think I get to play games with him now, it’s so exciting.
“It was weird playing against him in 2013 and 2014 in the NRL, I was star-struck playing against him.
“He was just on another level. He was massive but still so fast and skillful. He was so professional.
“He never looked flustered, never let anything get to him, he just got on with the job.”
Williams has already attracted plenty of media attention and Leutele believes his impact on and off the field will be lasting.
“He’s going to bring a lot of attention to the Wolfpack but that’s just the off-field stuff he brings.
“On the field, I think he will be a real leader for us, the way he was for the Roosters, Bulldogs and All Blacks and everyone else.
“When he talks, everyone listens and it’s just eyes on him to hear what he has to say.
“It will be awesome to see how he carries himself and how professional he will be.”
The Wolfpack achieved promotion to Super League at the second attempt with victory over Featherstone in the Championship Grand Final earlier this year.
And Leutele says he’s eager to have some “fun” in the months ahead.
“I am confident in our playing group and the style that B-Mac brings to the team.
“I’m just excited we are there in the Super League and now we get to show what we can do in the top flight.
“It is going to be a long year because we have our first friendly in January and hopefully don’t finish until October.
“It will be hectic but it’s our maiden Super League season and it is going to be so much fun.”