tmedia
Skip to main content
Main content
Homepage

Watene-Zelezniak settling in to new colours

Dan Talintyre

After his first month in Wests Tigers colours, mid-season recruit Malakai Watene-Zelezniak says he feels comfortable and at home with his new environment.

The former Penrith Panther became Wests Tigers Player #202 when he made his Club debut against the  Rabbitohs back in Round 10 — partnering David Nofoaluma on the right edge. 

And while the 25-year-old said that changing clubs for the first time in his career did take some adjustment, he's feeling more and more at home and determined to now keep improving.

"The boys and the club have made me feel welcome since Day One," he said.

"It's always scary, I guess, heading in to a new club and not knowing most of the team, so it's been good and really helpful to feel a part of the Wests Tigers since my first day.

"I get along with Dave [Nofoaluma] really well, and it'll be good to build that combination."

As well as making the change in environment, Watene-Zelezniak has also been adjusting to the transition to NRL, having only made his first-grade debut for the Panthers earlier in the year.

"It's definitely another step in my career," Watene-Zelezniak said.

"I'm learning more in every game and I'm learning more in every training session.

"It's a challenge, and I'm always up for challenging and bettering myself."

"I really want to keep improving; I don't want to feel like I can rest on myself now. Every game and every training session I just want to grow as much as I can and gain more experrience."

Sunday arvo footy returns to Campbelltown on June 11 when we take on the Roosters!