Blake Austin has spoken out on what caused him to join Leeds Rhinos and ultimately leave the Warrington Wolves ahead of the 2022 season.
In a conversation on the Trot The Egg In podcast Austin is incredibly open about his career as a whole but his comments on his time in England are revealing.
Speaking about why he left and decided to make the switch to blue and amber from primrose and blue, he said: “I wasn’t looking to leave the club at the time. The new coach coming in wasn’t interested in keeping me.”
That new coach that he refers to is the current Wolves coach Daryl Powell who had made the switch from the Jungle to the Halliwell Jones.
Austin continues and sounds remorseful stating that it was “really sad to not only leave the club but the town” as well.
“That was our first taste of living in the UK and if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have fallen in love with this country.” he recalls about his time in Warrington.
The 31-year old Austin will now be undertaking his second season with the Rhinos when the season rolls around but his first home in the Super League were the Warrington Wolves.
In Austin’s three years at the Wire he made 66 appearances and won a Challenge Cup but ultimately failed to lift the Grand Final trophy.
Last season, he helped the Rhinos recover from a poor start to make the Super League Grand Final, where they were beaten by St Helens.