Wigan Warriors signing Kaide Ellis touched down a week ago in Lancashire, but has admitted he has been shocked at a number of things.
The 25-year-old forward has joined the Warriors on a two-year contract, with the option of a third after registering 26 NRL appearances for Penrith Panthers and St George Illawarra Dragons back in Australia.
But, not only has it been a culture shock for Ellis in Wigan, the amount of work to put in at the DW Stadium has also taken the Australian by surprise.
“It’s been good. Obviously the first day of training, it’s getting used to the load, training back-to-back days is tough and then you have to throw in the English weather as well, that’s a challenge but it’s been good,” Ellis told Wigan TV.
“I’m enjoying it, it’s been tough, the boys and the Club have been very welcoming so it’s very easy for me to adjust.
“This is a cold, miserable day in Australia so I’m a bit worried for when it gets worse but I’m sure I’ll adapt, I’m pretty easy going so I think I’ll be fine.”
On the pre-season so far, Ellis said: “It was a bit of a surprise, the scheduling it’s quite big, there’s a lot of work and we don’t get much rest.
“It is necessary, this period between Christmas we’ve got to get a load in, running, skills and after Christmas sharpen up a bit and get ready to play. The first two weeks are always pretty miserable but then you get a bit of momentum and it just flows quickly and soon enough we’ll be playing.”