Wakefield Wildcats’ new Australian half-back Harry Siejka is eager to repay the club’s faith in his ability after visa issues delayed his arrival.
The 22-year-old agreed to join the Super League club in October, but it was only just over a week ago that his visa was accepted and he could make the trip to England.
Siejka watched his new team-mates crush Catalan Dragons on Sunday and the former Aussie Schoolboy international cannot wait to appear for the Wildcats.
Serious injury hampered Siejka’s progress in 2013 and the promising talent has thanked consultant chief executive Hetherington and head coach Richard Agar for keeping faith in his ability.
“It’s taken a lot of time but I’m happy to be here now,” Siejka told the club’s official website. “I was training hard by myself but once the visa got knocked back a couple of times it rocked me a bit.
"I’m really happy that Kath and Rich got something sorted and the visa came through eventually so I’m pretty keen to start playing. They put a lot of faith in me to persist with me for that long so I’m pretty keen to repay the faith.
“It was a bad injury but if anything, the stuff around the visa has given me a lot of time to recover. The nine month spell is the longest I’ve had ever so I feel really fresh and the injury feels fine so I’m itching to go.
“When they said there was only 4,000 people in the stands I had to look again because it sounded like there was about 20,000. It wasn’t a big crowd but they were very, very vocal.”