Jackson Hastings ran out for the Wests Tigers for the first time since making the high-profile move from the Wigan Warriors in Super League.
The halfback starred for his new club in their surprise victory over Sydney Roosters, but was the victim of a ugly cannonball tackle that had viewers wincing in pain. You can watch the tackle here.
Head coach Michael Maguire is set to name Hastings as his number 6 for round one, making it an incredible journey for Hastings and a superb transformation in just four years.
“Yeah that’s where we’re looking at him at the moment obviously with Adam Doueihi being on the sideline and Jackson’s able to play quite a number of positions,” Maguire told Triple M.
“Jacko’s being doing a great job for us in the halves but to have his versatility down the track may be a real value to us.
“He’s been really good for us, really fresh, real competitive and wants to achieve a hell of a lot in the game.
“He’s obviously had his time before but I think we’re going to see a real new Jackson Hastings with how he is and the things that he’s learnt.”
A Super League move towards the back end of the 2018 season, after being cut away from the Manly Sea Eagles, kickstarted a rejuvenation of the halfback’s career.
Winning the Man of Steel with the Salford Red Devils in 2019 certainly helped his stock rise as he helped the once-lowly club reach the Grand Final – likewise with the high-flying Wigan Warriors a year later.
And, Super League fans will be watching with eager eyes as Hastings makes his NRL return in 2022.