Penrith Panthers new recruit Lewis Brown admitted he almost walked into the wrong changing shed before yesterday's game against the Warriors.
Having playing 84 games for the Warriors, lining up against them in his first appearance for his new club was always going to be an emotional experience.
He spent time catching up with his old team-mates on Friday, but once he crossed the white line yesterday he was very much a Panther, scoring two tries in his side's 32-18 win at Waikato Stadium.
"I couldn't ask for a better start, but it is small steps to what I believe is a big journey for the Panthers in 2013," said Brown.
He has signed on at the Panthers for three years, reuniting with former Warriors coach Ivan Cleary, and says it was exciting to play against the Warriors yesterday.
"I caught up with my mates in the Warriors and we're still a bunch of good mates.
"It was a bit weird out there, but I'm here with my new family now and I'm happy with the way things are going."
Asked to compare the environment at the clubs, Brown said they're pretty similar.
"I wouldn't say it was very different, the Warriors and Panthers players are humble blokes, close-knit and down to earth," he said.
He was sure the Warriors would do "great things" this year.
Earlier yesterday the Junior Warriors beat Waicoa Bay 50-12, with Viliami Lolohea, Tuimoala Lolohea and Abraham Papalii grabbing two tries apiece.
- Sunday Star Times
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