Jackson Hastings is settling in tremendously well at his new NRL club, Wests Tigers.
After an illustrious three-and-a-half year spell in Super League with both Salford Red Devils – where he won the Man of Steel – and Wigan Warriors – whom he helped to a Grand Final – the halfback earned himself a move back to Australia after a controversial ending to his first stay.
And, after impressing in his first outfit in a Tigers shirt, there is a great deal of positive publicity surrounding Hastings at present.t
“He did (look good), he did, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Jackson, he has probably developed as a person while he has been in the English Super League,” NRL legend Greg Alexander told Fox Sports.
“He left Manly under a bit of a cloud, there seemed to be problems over there, obviously watching Jackson play in the trial against the Roosters he is someone that can run a team so they have options in the halves.
“I was wondering how Douehi, Brooks, Jock Madden, Jackson Hastings was all going to fit under the puzzle and Jackson offers the Tigers some options as to whether he plays in the six or seven and I think he can handle both quite well.
“I think the English Super League has done him a world of good, he has probably grown up a fair bit and realised what it takes to be part of a team and where your focus needs to be.
“Jackson has seemingly learnt that over there and wants to make it in the NRL and I know it is only a trial game but his time back in the NRL is off to a good start.”
Former Warrington Wolves and South Sydney Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis also waxed lyrical about the halfback.
“When he was overseas he did tremendous things, played his own game, his natural game and they allowed him to be him and that’s what fitted his style and fitted him as a person,” Inglis said.
“Now coming back here, I know it is only a trial match, but seeing what he did coming back from England he has matured as a player.”