BEAU FALLOON moved from Australia to join an illustrious Leeds Rhinos side that had just won an historic treble.
But, early on in his debut season, he suddenly finds himself embroiled in a battle at the wrong end of the Super League standings.
The defending champions head into Monday’s crucial game against fellow strugglers Wakefield Trinity lingering in ninth place having produced just two wins all season.
It is certainly an alien position for the majority of Leeds’s side and, after Thursday’s painful 18-14 defeat at Castleford Tigers, one which can ill-afford to get any worse.
“It was one of those games, a really frustrating match,” admitted the hooker, playing only his third fixture since joining from Gold Coast Titans.
“It was really disappointing not to get the two points.
“I thought we were probably the better team for most of the game, but it wasn’t to be and that’s very disappointing.
“At stages of the match we were really good, but we just let a few soft tries in and, in the end, that cost us.
“That’s the disappointing thing.”
Leeds had trailed 12-0 in as many minutes but found some fluency to score three quickfire tries and head into the interval 14-12 in front of their Wheldon Road hosts.
Nevertheless, having struggled to create anything to finish Castleford off, they were undone when Jake Webster exploited some weak defence to score his second try in the 73rd minute to win it in front of an ecstatic home crowd.
Rhinos had successfully protected their line for more than an hour but slipped up at the crucial point and continue to struggle for points in the absence of captain Danny McGuire.
The former England half-back has been out since the opening night with a knee injury and, though in the 19-man squad at Castleford, remains doubtful for Wakefield due to a calf strain.
Rhinos are averaging barely 15 points per game this term and it is vital they remedy their recent ills on Monday.
Facing Trinity so quickly, meanwhile, will be the first time Falloon has faced such an intensive schedule – the NRL do not play two games over the Easter weekend – but he feels he is getting used to Super League.
The former South Sydney man, 28, missed the early rounds with a broken toe but said: “I am slowly getting there.
“I have still got a lot of things to work on, but I’ll get there – I’ll keep working hard in training.
“Hopefully, we’ll keep getting a few bodies back each week and we’ll start striking up some combinations. I have got a few more stitches – I keep splitting my head open – but it’s nothing much, nothing to worry about.
“I’ll rest my body up and look forward to putting in a better performance on Monday.”
As well as McGuire, second-row Brett Delaney remains a doubt for that game.
The Australian pulled out of the Castleford match after straining a hamstring in the warm-up.