Leeds Rhinos hooker Beau Falloon is determined to make up for a difficult 2015 by getting to grips with life in Super League.
Falloon’s career came to a sudden standstill after finding himself in a drug-trafficking scandal that saw five Titans players charged with cocaine offences. However, the charges were eventually dropped in court due to insufficient evidence, which allowed the hooker to complete his switch to the Super League and Challenge Cup champions.
His difficult year was on the back of a superb string of performances in 2014, and now Falloon is ready to recreate that form.
“Everyone knows I didn’t have too good a year this time out,” he said.
“There was a lot of headaches involved but finally that’s over with now and I can finally make footy my main focus again. I had a good season before and was lucky enough to pick up the player of the year for the Titans which was a big honour.
“So, hopefully, I can bring that form here to Leeds Rhinos and have a really good season.
“I told my manager if he could get me a deal at the Leeds Rhinos then I’d snatch at the chance, so I’m delighted.”
Falloon shall join fellow Australian Adam Cuthbertson at the Rhinos, and the hooker is keen to make the same impression as Cuthbertson did in his maiden season.
Cuthbertson was part of a formidable pack in 2015, and Falloon, 28, is excited to play his part in the Rhinos’ expansive attacking style.
“They’ve a great forward pack here, they play a great brand of footy and a lot of them can offload and pass the ball. The NRL is really structured, but I know Leeds play a bit more and it is really exciting.
“Teams tend to play a lot more footie over here, they are not afraid to throw the pass, the NRL is more structured with a lot of pre-emptive plays. I know Leeds like to offload and get the ball wide and that is exciting for me.
“I love the way Leeds play, as a hooker if you’re not enjoying that type of play along with quick play the balls then you’re probably in the wrong game.”