New Huddersfield Giants signing Sebastine Ikahihifo trained with his new Super League teammates for the first time today, and declared: “It feels good to be here!”
The 25-year-old back-row forward signed up for Huddersfield from Australian NRL club St George Dragons over the weekend and wasted no time jetting in to England.
The former Junior Kiwi is hoping his prompt action will give him a good chance of making his claret and gold debut in Sunday’s Magic Weekend clash against St Helens in Newcastle.
And having been welcomed with open arms by fellow former New Zealand Warriors Ukuma Ta’ai and Sam Rapira and the rest of his new Huddersfield teammates, the powerful player of Tongan descent is confident he’ll have had enough time to settle in comfortably and make his presence felt is he’s given the nod this weekend.
“My No1 aim is to try and become a regular here,” said Ikahihifo.
“I know that’s not going to be easy, especially at first when everything is so new to me.
“But because I’ve got some good friends here I feel I’ve settled in really well already.
“I always watched Sam Rapira when I was growing up, and to be over here and playing with him is great, he’s a legend. And being back with Ukuma Ta’ai feels really good as well.
“Sam and Ukuma have been helping me a lot and it’s great to be able to have them here. They’ve both been coming out and helping me settle in and I feel really welcome here.
“The Club has been great and have helped me out a lot, too, so it’s been good so far.
“As a result, I’m pretty excited about the prospect of being a part of Magic Weekend, I didn’t really know what it was about but the coaching staff and the players told me what’s involved and it sounds great.
“To be honest, it sounds like I might have got here at just the right time!
“It’s always been at the back of my mind to play in Super League at some stage of my career, but I thought that might be a bit later in my career.
“But now I’m here I intend to make the most of it. This is a massive opportunity that really excites me.”