Former NRL player Kevin Procter has been joined on his new role by the man who took him to the big leagues in a memorable game, a former teammate and now a broadcaster.
The two met for the first time in Melbourne last week and the pair shared a laugh at the end of their conversation about what made the two tick.
“I’ve never played AFL, I’ve never even watched a match of AFL football,” Proctor told ABC News Breakfast.
“But when I first got here and I saw the atmosphere that we were going to get in, I was just like ‘wow’.”
Procter said he knew the experience would be a new one and he knew that a lot of things had to change for the players to get back to normal life.
“What’s happened in the past year, I can’t even fathom,” he said.
“It’s taken me a little bit of time to adjust.”
Now I’m here, I’m in Melbourne and it’s just a different vibe.
It’s a whole new place, the city.
“Everyone is different and you’re in a different situation.
But there’s still this love for the game that I’ve had.”‘
It’s a good feeling to be back’It was a new life for Procters, who returned to the NRL after a career in the NFL.
“A lot of people have gone through a lot and they’re just really focused on what’s ahead of them, so it’s a lot more focused on being back in this club and just going to enjoy it,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We’ll just have to take it one game at a time, you know, it’s going to be a good experience.”
The former Western Bulldogs star played more than 2,000 games for the Broncos, Cowboys, Raiders, Titans and Knights, scoring 28 tries.