When Blake Austin signed for the Leeds Rhinos, it was a deal that was set to let the 30-year-old roam as a utility man.
Whether that would be to cover the halves, loose-forward or in the backs, Austin wasn’t primed to be the first choice number 6 and 7.
But, Luke Gale’s transfer to Hull FC put the cat amongst the pigeons, with the former Canberra Raiders playmaker being given the number 7 shirt as the Rhinos geared up for the 2022 Super League season.
Having said that, Austin signed just a one-year deal – and revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that that was his choice.
“I was offered a two-year deal, but I think it’s best for both parties,” Austin told the newspaper.
“That was something I requested (the one-year deal).
“I have every intention to be here longer, but I am at that age where I want to really keep testing myself and I think a one-year contract’s going to allow me to do that.”
The 2022 season will see Austin link up with former halfback partner Aidan Sezer, when the duo carved up the NRL back with the Canberra Raiders.
And, the 30-year-old cannot wait to be reunited.
“Just hanging out with him every day is going to be pretty cool,” he said.
“We know how each other ticks.
“We are going to have to work hard to get the footy stuff right, but everything away from footy we have a pretty good understanding of each other.”