It’s often difficult for overseas players to come to a British club and settle in straightaway without family.
For Wigan Warriors winger and new signing Abbas Miski, it’s been three years since he last saw his immediate family after making the move from the NRL to the Championship with London Broncos in 2021.
There he became notorious for his try-scoring ability and his bulldozing runs out of defence, in the process earning a deal at Super League side Wigan.
And, after impressing in the reserves in recent weeks, Miski is in line to make his debut for the Warriors tonight against newly-promoted Toulouse Olympique.
Head coach Matty Peet had said earlier in the week that he deserves his chance after impressing throughout his time at the DW Stadium so far and, after scoring 12 tries in 13 appearances for the Broncos during 2021, Wigan fans can expect something really exciting this year.
And, with Peet determined to instil his own culture on the Wigan club, the squad look like they are enjoying themselves and playing rugby with a smile on their face.
It’s also a case of looking after their players, like the Warriors have done with Bevan French who sadly lost his mother, with Miski also experiencing a tearjerking moment this morning.
Wigan posted a video of Miski’s sister, Zaina, entering a Wigan team meeting and surprising Abbas.
Zaina had flew 20 hours to see Abbas for the first time in three years and she will be present as the Lebanese winger will make his debut tonight.
The two embraced with the Wigan players looking on and smiling.
What a brilliant moment:
A special moment for Abbas Miski last night as his sister Zaina flew 20 hours to see him for the first time in three years!
Zaina is here in Toulouse for three days to watch Abbas make his debut for the Club tonight!
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) March 5, 2022