Jackson Hastings has turned his life around completely.
From an NRL reject to a Super League wonderkid, the Australian halfback became one of the most sought after players in the world following a superb three-and-a-half years in the UK with the Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors.
And, he is determined to make the most of his second crack at the NRL – even if he knows that he will be targeted by the media and rivals on the field.
“If the media want to have a crack at me for things I’ve done x amount of years ago – which 75% of wasn’t even true – then that’s up to them,” Hastings told the Rugby League Guru podcast.
“I’m comfortable in my own skin, I’m comfortable with who I am becoming but I am not satisfied with who I am fully yet.
“I’m proud of the guy I can become in the next four or five years.”
Hastings was also honest about the fact that he is expecting his rivals on the field to mix it with him verbally.
“I’ve found out there’s different ways to go about it, but I’m expecting it from different individuals – I don’t know who just yet.
“I’m sure there will be a few easy words about me, but I’m one of those that happens on the field stays on the field.
“There will be times when games are in the balance and I might not be able to hold myself back, but I want to do my talking on the field rather than with my mouth.”