Lachlan Coote’s move from St Helens to Hull KR took a few people by surprise.
A three-time Grand Final winner with the Saints, the Australian fullback upped sticks and moved from Lancashire to East Hull.
But, it hasn’t all been plain sailing for Coote and his family – and the story behind his move even involved a small cameo from the police.
“It’s been tough moving away from Saints with a young family and making the transition over to the other side of the country,” Coote said.
“All the family has moved, it was always going to be hard moving into a new school and all those things that come with new moves.
“Getting cars sorted and refurnishing the house, it’s been a little bit tougher than I thought it would be and we even had our removal van seized by the police and I had to get it from the depot.
“The van driver didn’t have insurance, or something along those lines, so we had a pretty bumpy start but things are looking up.”
Coote played a key role in St Helens’ success once again in 2021 after three fantastic seasons at the Totally Wicked Stadium. People forget the inch perfect kick he conjured up late in the Grand Final to put cut the legs off Catalans’ momentum when Tom Davies came up with an error.
However, it wasn’t an unsullied end to his St Helens’ career as he suffered an injury in his final months with the Saints and gave an update on his progress.
“I’m just going into light skills and everything with the boys and some conditioning, but I won’t be able to do contact on it until mid-January.
“I’ll then slowly progress from there, but I’ll probably miss the friendlies.”
It remains to be seen if Coote will be fit in time for the season opener against Wigan, a side he helped St Helens torment over the last three years downing the Warriors in the 2020 Grand Final nailing two goals from two attempts.