It takes a brilliant player and person to be able to settle in to a new culture, surroundings and climate seamlessly.
It takes an even more special kind of person to be able to that as a teenager.
Well that’s exactly what former Huddersfield Giants winger Dom Young has been able to do in the NRL with the Newcastle Knights since joining ahead of the 2021 season.
It is perhaps even more brave of a move considering the height of the Covid-19 pandemic at the time and the long distance away from family and friends in the UK.
But, Young has been an example to all those youngsters thinking of swapping Super League for the Australian competition, taking to the southern hemisphere like a duck to water.
Earlier on in the week, it was understood that Young was the subject of an audacious bid by the Manly Sea Eagles to lure the winger away from Newcastle in a player-swap deal with Reuben Garrick. South Sydney Rabbitohs were also linked with a deal for Young as he continues to impress with some fine performances out wide.
However, renowned Newcastle Herald journalist Barry Toohey has claimed such reports are wide of the mark, emphasising that the Englishman will be at the Knights in 2023.
“They (the Knights) are in dialogue with Dom Young’s management,” Toohey said on his Toohey’s News podcast.
“Dom Young wants to stay and they want to sign Dom Young so it’s only a matter of time there.
“They will get it done before November 1 to make sure there are no issues.”
Of course, November 1 is the date which players are available on the market and can negotiate with other clubs so it would make sense for Newcastle to extend Young’s deal before then with a number of rival clubs sniffing around.