2022 IS the year of another Zane Tetevano – but one that still won’t shy away from physical challenge.
The Leeds team’s first season was plagued by suspensions and injuries, as well as settling into life in England.
Now that the off-field worries are gone, fans can see a better version of the man brought to the reputation of being the one to execute it – starting with the bomb season opening Tons of Rhinos with Warrington.
“I am in a better mind and feel like I can definitely become a better version of myself,” says Tetevano. “I aspire to be the player I want to be and who I know I can be.
“Last year, I was very disappointed with the bans I received, being away from family for six months also played a role.
“There are many problems. Visas back and forth, documents to Australia take a long time to arrive.
“Now people are here and they are settled. The kids are now at school and again enjoy being around other kids.
“And so far, I have been a bit more mindful when it comes to my aggression in defense but at the same time, I am not going to stop. I will still play my best.
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“It’s more on the pitch now than I am on the sidelines.”
Tetevano and partner Mikayla, originally from Northern Ireland, have quickly fallen in love with life in the UK, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
And he feels they can connect with other people on these shores.
The 30-year-old, who could also play for the Cook Islands at the World Cup, added: “Here is more connection and more relaxed spirit to get to know other cultures.
“We always said that when we come here, we’re going to take on different things and different cultures, so we took it all on board.
“It’s a little more open-minded and we can enjoy it when it comes and I’ve talked about it with my partner, we think it’s going to be cooler than before!”
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