By his own admission, the last 12 months have been a little chaotic for Brenden Santi.

Part of Wests Tigers’ NYC squads in 2012 and 2013, Santi made the move to Parramatta Eels for the start of the 2014 season as he sought to try and make his way into first-grade. It was a tough call no doubt, to leave the players and friends he’d made over the last few years, so when the opportunity arose for the second-rower to return to Wests Tigers after he was granted an early release from his contract, the decision was easy.

“To be honest, I felt out of place as soon as I left,” Santi admitted.

“I didn’t really know what was ahead of me when I left, and those first few months trying to make my name in a new team was hard. I didn’t think the opportunity to come back was one that was possible, so I was just so grateful I could make it happen.