Whereas his Storm teammates joked the NRL membership was fortunate to get his signature earlier than winter arrived, Xavier Coates stated he could not wait to increase his time in Melbourne.
The 21-year-old Queensland winger, who spent three seasons with Brisbane, solely arrived on the Storm in November however has already inked a brand new deal till 2026.
Marking a former favorite son within the Bulldogs’ Josh Addo-Carr on Sunday at AAMI Park, Coates scored a attempt to arrange two others in a dominant show in his staff’s 44-0 romp.
“As quickly as I landed in Melbourne I felt so at residence and the pre-season was gruelling however I could not see myself going anyplace else,” Coates informed AAP.
“I used to be studying a lot and all of the teaching employees had been so welcoming and I assumed when a possibility arose that needed to log off straightaway.”
Halfway by the primary half Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, who himself bagged 4 tries, kicked a brief objective line drop out, with Coates taking a pack mark worthy of any AFL discipline to maintain possession.
He felt his aerial work, assisted by former Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell, had improved since transferring south.
“The play is one thing that I’ve tried to do earlier than however clearly with a little bit of help from the AFL membership, he is helped me out so much and given me extra confidence about catching the balls and I am feeling actually snug on the market,” Coates stated.
“Hopefully I’ll get just a few extra classes with him and see the place we go from there.”
Storm coach Craig Bellamy knew he was getting a expertise however stated he’d been impressed that Coates wasn’t content material to only depend on that.”
“He is was enjoying Origin when he was simply 20 so we knew he had some capacity, however the factor that is impressed us greater than that’s his angle,” Bellamy stated of the winger, who made his State of Origin debut in 2020.
“He is a extremely humble child, he is actually right down to earth and he works actual laborious.
“Generally when a child is nineteen, 20-year-old and finally ends up enjoying Origin they most likely assume just a little bit that the laborious work may not be vital.
“However he realises that it’s and he is nonetheless working actually laborious – we could not be happier with him.”