Wests Tigers young gun JJ Felise says he's learning plenty from his time in first-grade as he prepares for his fourth career game this Friday against the Broncos.
Hailing originally from Queensland, Felise was an integral part of the Club's Holden Cup side over the past 18 months before getting his call-up to the NRL squad in Round 7. From there, the powerful young prop made three appearances before featuring in the Junior Kangaroos team, and says it's those experiences that allowed him to learn lots as a footballer.
"The three games I got, I think that's helped me a lot," Felise said.
"The big bodies and pace of the game — I think I've adapted to it okay but I'm still learning.
"I'm loving every minute of it.
"I've been reminded again of just how tough this game is. You've just got to keep moving in defence, and you can't relax anywhere on the field. The quality of players in the NRL is so high that you just can't switch off because they'll make you pay.
"But it's been really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to it again this week."