When Jesse Sene-Lefao left the Castleford Tigers after five seasons at the club, it was the end of an era.
Arriving in 2017, the Samoan played his part in the Tigers’ superb season in which they finished top of the Super League table for the first time in their history.
But, for Sene-Lefao, making the move to the UK to play rugby also had a major impact on an aspect of his life that not many other stars go through – business.
“I think I was the only player in the NRL where I worked after the game,” Sene-Lefao said on the Talk Your Walk podcast.
“My mentality was I was playing rugby and then go and work because I needed extra money – I had to provide for my mum and daughter and this was the only way I knew.
“I was straight in the dressing room after the game, showered and put on my suit and go and work on security and I would finish at 6 in the morning.”
The Jungle cult hero also revealed that the Castleford club ‘didn’t understand’ that he had to keep himself busy away from the field.
“If I didn’t experience that side of working whilst I was doing what I love, I don’t think I would understand that I didn’t want to be the security guard – I wanted to be the boss who told the guard to ‘come here’.
“I got over here and it was the first time in my life where I was playing and I just went home, I didn’t know what to do – it’s in me to do something out of rugby.
“Cas didn’t understand that I wanted to do what I do on the field but also have something on the side.”