AUSTRALIAN SIGNING Beau Falloon has declared himself “fine” after a painful introduction to Leeds Rhinos action.
The former Gold Coast Titans rake was knocked out twice in Rhinos’ Boxing Day defeat by Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and did not feature after the 35th minute.
But the hooker insisted there is no long-lasting damage and said he is delighted to have got a first taste of English rugby under his belt.
Falloon had to go off after two minutes and again late in the first half, but was given the all-clear following checks by Rhinos’ medical staff.
“I am all right,” he said. “My head was a little bit funny after the game, but I’ll be okay – it’s only concussion!”
Falloon linked up with Rhinos at the end of November and had been looking to make a big first impression.
He admitted: “It wasn’t the way I wanted to start off, but that’s the way rugby league goes sometimes.
“Being a trial game they didn’t want to put me back out there again.
“I think if it had been a Super League game I would have been fine.
“I just copped a bit of a concussion and the doctor said it was best to sit it out.”
Last Saturday’s game – which Rhinos lost 14-6 – was played in heavy rain, but Falloon was glad to get a taste of unfamiliar conditions.
With the First Utility Super League season due to start on February 4, when Rhinos play host to Warrington Wolves, the Aussie is expecting the elements to get worse before they improve.
“It was a little bit wet and slippy out there, but that’s fine,” he said.
“I have got to get used to the weather over here, so it was good to get a few minutes out there, though I can’t remember too much about it.
“It was my first time at Headingley and the atmosphere was unreal.
“The fans turned up and showed their support in pretty poor conditions, so I thank them for that.
“I am really looking forward to getting out there the next chance I get and putting in a good performance.”
This is Falloon’s first stint at an English club, but he said: “I’ve settled in really good.
“The club has been unreal, it’s a great bunch of boys and great coaching staff.
“I have fitted in really well and the club has made me really welcome.
“Christmas was good. Myself and my partner went over to Joel Moon’s house for Christmas lunch, which was really nice.
“We have got a few days off now so I am looking forward to spending time with my partner.”
He added: “Apart from all the rain, the weather’s not been too bad.
“I’ve heard it’s going to get colder, but if it stays like this we’ll be happy – we were expecting it to be a lot worse.”
There will be more of an opportunity for Falloon and fellow Aussie Keith Galloway to get to know their new team-mates later this month, at a training camp in Florida.
“We’ll be able to knuckle down and get our ball work done,” he said.
“We’ll be able to get some combinations going in Jacksonville and then hopefully bring it back into Super League.”