posted on 24 December 2015

New signing Tinirau Arona is settling in well at the Wildcats and is keen to make a big impact in 2016.

The prop-forward is one of many off-season signings made by Brian Smith and Arona says the prospect of working under Brian once again was a fantastic opportunity.

"Brian was my first NRL coach and it's great to be playing under him once again. He's changed a fair bit, he's a bit more relaxed and calm now but the teaching and the techniques behind his coaching are still the same which I really enjoy. Most things I've learned so far in my career have came from Brian." explained Arona.

"I'm also looking forward to the challenge of rebuilding the club. Last year I heard stories that Wakefield weren't going as well as they should be so just being a part in the change of the club was a challenge that I wanted to take on personally. Not only that, but the whole experience of coming to Wakefield and helping this club out was something that I was keen to do."

Arona joined the Wildcats from Cronulla Sharks with team-mate Anthony Tupou and the pair are currently living together until Tinirau's family arrive in the UK. 

"It made my journey a lot easier being with Anthony. We're living together at the minute and I'm enjoying it with him."

"My family should be here soon, we're just trying to work out flights and set up things for them for when they arrive. I've got two 5-year-old twins with my partner and they'll be arriving bang in the middle of winter so I'm sure it's going to be a shock for them but we'll get used it."

Arona has now been at the Wildcats over a month and is beginning to get used to the long days and tough sessions that Brian and his coaching team having been putting the players through. However, Arona is enjoying every minute with his new team-mates and says that tough work is what is needed to prepare for the Super League campaign.

"Training's been quite full-on but that's a good thing. It's always good to keep training hard in pre-season and make sure you're not too comfortable and in the comfort zone. You must be pushing yourself."

"All the lads have been really welcoming and there's a great team spirit inside the group. I'm still trying to get used to a few of the accents going around the club but I'm sure I'll get used to them."

"The experience has been great so far and the best is yet to come."

To see Tinirau make his debut, make sure you come along to Headingley Carnegie on Boxing Day for the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge against Leeds Rhinos! (Kick-off 11:30am.)


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