Blake Austin has had a hard time of it lately after making the move from Cheshire club Warrington Wolves to Yorkshire side Leeds Rhinos.
It has involved a house move as well as attempts to get his children into the same school and it appears as though the halfback has had time to reflect on his experiences – both good and bad – from day one of his rugby league career.
Austin has signed a one-year deal with the Rhinos and this is what he had to say: “My lad and lasses.
“As we sit here in temporary accommodation and living out of suitcases with frustration having 4 little human and two dogs it offers an opportunity to reflect.
“8 years ago we packed up and left our home town with two kids. We have not managed to live any closer than 3 hours from our family since then, and spent the last 3 years thousands of Km’s away in a global pandemic.
“We wouldn’t change a thing as me and Gillian are doing our best and trusting that it’s best for our small tribe, but you just have days or moments where you catch yourself wondering if it’s ok that we’ve been away for so long. Family is a funny one, you can live so close and see em 1 or twice a year, but there’s a safety and comfort knowing they’re there, put distance between ya’s and you feel you should be seeing them every day.
“Blessed to do alongside @gillianlisa_ the strongest one of us all.
“P.s not homesick just reflecting and super exciting for Leeds chapter, and have the best intentions of it lasting longer than 12 months.”
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Austin and his family have spent the last four years in the UK, with the halfback joining Warrington at the end of 2018 from Canberra Raiders back in the NRL.