Wests Tigers forward Elijah Taylor says the signing of Tuimoala Lolohea is a positive move for the Club, and one that will certainly get the fans excited going forward.
Having watched the 22-year-old come through the grades at the New Zealand Warriors when he was at the Club, Taylor said there was no doubting the ability of Lolohea to influence a game, and welcomed the decision to see the versatile playmaler back in the halves.
"It's good to see him here — he's a great kid," Taylor said.
"I remember him coming through at the Warriors and he is going to be a great signing.
"He had his first session with us yesterday and straight away he fit in really well.
"Being a half as well it can be tough to get the combinations right, but he's a class player and it's good to see him getting a first-grade opportunity again and also back in the halves.
"He looked really sharp and brings a lot of enthusiasm. He's also got a bit of x-factor about him, and has great feet too so I'm sure the Wests Tigers fans are keen to see him play."
Taylor also addressed rumours of an off-season move back to New Zealand — rubbishing news that the Hawera-born native was homesick and looking for a return across the Tasman.
"I'm definitely not homesick," Taylor enthused.
"I really enjoy it here and enjoy the boys' company. The Wests Tigers as a Club have been awesome, but the decision about my future is just with all my family back home.
"Ivan gave me my debut opportunity back in the Warriors and brought me to Penrith, and playing under him here at Wests Tigers — not much has changed. I really enjoy his coaching.
"The tough decisions he's had to make over the last couple of months; he's been in this position before at Penrith and at the Warriors so I know he knows what he's doing."
See what Taylor had to say in full about this week's game in the video above!