While other Wests Tigers players travelled close to two hours for this week’s South Coast training camp, new recruit and Port Kembla resident Keith Lulia definitely had the shortest of journeys.
Head Coach Mick Potter re-located training over the past three days throughout Gerringong and Kiama, with the short distance to training a welcome change for Lulia.
“I still live down in Port Kembla and I make the trip up to Concord each day,” Lulia said. “It takes just over an hour but I’ve gotten used to it and I’m happy where I am.”
“It’s about time I had my turn (laughs), it only took me 20 minutes today and it’s really good for the boys to get down here and see what a nice place it is.”
After stints at St George Illawarra, Newcastle and Super League Club Bradford, the evasive outside back is confident that his new Club is the right fit as he pushes for a return to the NRL.
“When I first came in all of the boys were very welcoming and the staff are nice,” Lulia said. “I’m still finding my feet and getting to know the boys a bit better but I think I’m fitting in pretty well.”
During his two-year stint with Bradford, Lulia scored 22 tries in 52 games and was coached by Potter in his first season (2012).
“I like being coached my Mick (Potter), he is straight forward and doesn’t beat around the bush,” Lulia said.
“He tells you it straight and that’s what most Rugby League players want to hear.”
While Chris Lawrence and Tim Simona look to be the first choice centre pairing, Lulia is aiming to lock down a spot in the team and will use the upcoming trial matches as a chance to impress.
“My goal is obviously to have a permanent spot in the team and play the whole season in first grade,” Lulia said. “I’m hoping I can bring that little spark to each game.”