AUSSIE ARRIVAL Beau Falloon hopes joining Leeds Rhinos will revive his career – and help boost the treble winners’ hopes of more glory in 2016.
The 28-year-old hooker has moved to Rhinos from Gold Coast Titans on a one-year contract.
He arrived in England four days ago and met his new team-mates yesterday, at the start of pre-season training.
Sydney-born Falloon was rated as one of the top hookers in the Australian competition in 2014, but suffered a series of injury problems last season, when he was also involved in a drugs investigation.
Charges were thrown out of court, but Titans opted not to renew his contract and he is determined to make a fresh start –and catch up on lost time – with Leeds.
“Everyone knows I didn’t have a too good a year this last year,” Falloon said at his first press conference since touching down in England.
“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 year in 2014, I was lucky enough to pick up the player of the year for the Titans – which was a big honour – so hopefully I can take that form here to Leeds Rhinos and have really good year.”
Falloon, who began his career with South Sydney, said he feels honoured to have joined a team who won all available silverware last season.
“It is such a great club, with a massive amount of history,” he said. “It is a big honour and privilege to be part of this team.
“They’ve got some fantastic players among the group and I can’t wait to be part of it.
“I’ve not played with any of the boys before, so it’s exciting to get to meet new players and get to know them, know their game and strike up few combinations, hopefully.”
Falloon will be looking to replicate the success of Leeds’ last two imports from Australia, Adam Cuthbertson – who was a Man of Steel nominee this year – and fellow Mitch Garbutt, a treble-winner after just 14 games for the club.
“They’ve got a great forward pack here,“ he observed.
“They play a great brand of footy, a lot of them can offload and pass the ball and it is going to be great playing behind such a great pack.”
Falloon will be out of contract at the end of the 2026 season, but insisted he does not regard that as an issue.
“Hopefully I can play some really good footy and if I can do that everything will take care of itself,” he said.
“I told my manager if he could get me a deal at the Leeds Rhinos I’d take it with both hands.
“I knew it was such a great club, it is a massive honour and I can’t wait to put the Leeds Rhinos jersey on.”
Around half Rhinos’ squad reported in to begin pre-season yesterday. Fellow import Keith Galloway, signed from Wests Tigers, is due to arrive next week, but Falloon insisted he was keen to get started as soon as possible.
He said: “Me and my partner tried to get over here as soon as we could so we could acclimatised and get to know the people in the club as fast as possible.
“We’re finally over here now and I can’t wait.
“It is a great stadium and I can’t wait to get out there and play on it.
“I’ve watched the boys play a fair bit on Foxtel back home and I’m quite a big fan of Super League actually.
“I watched quite a bit of it back home and then when I finally found out I was coming here I was getting up early in the mornings, taping the games and watching them.”
Falloon has been awarded squad number nine and is expected to make his debut against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Boxing Day.
“We don’t play at that time back home, but if I get chance to play I’ll definitely take it,” he said.
“It will be a great experience.”