Nathan Hill: Swapping England for a place down under!
Young, athletic talent Nathan Hill has been given an opportunity of a lifetime, one which many rugby league players dream of!
Nathan has been given a chance rare for some British Super League players . Australian team, Rockingham Sharks have given Hill a huge opportunity. Nathan graduated from The University Of Hull last July and featured in the NCL Grand Final last October for West Hull. Later this month the young outside back will be preparing to take his chance down under!
I decided to catch up with Nathan to discuss this huge opportunity and uncover how it has become a reality.
How did the chance to live and play in Australia come around?
“ It was pretty much just getting in touch with a few clubs and sending over a highlights reel I then had interests from numerous areas, Mackay, Gold Coast, Sydney and Perth. It’s been something I’ve always thought of doing since starting to play. I always thought it’ll be a good idea to experience a different culture and to hopefully play out there but didn’t think it would become a reality. It took a bit of time to settle and commit to a club but Perth was always an area which appealed to us so I thought Rockingham Sharks was a good team to commit to knowing a couple of Hull lads have played for them previously.
What kind of support has your new club given you so far?
“ The club has been fantastic, probably getting sick of my emails but they’ve been very supportive. There are other Hull lads out there now and he’s been helping us find a job and accommodation to try and make the big jump a lot smoother so the support has been good.
How important is it for you to play the sport you love in Australia?
“ Well I was lucky enough to tour Sydney in 2017 for the student World Cup which was great, it hasn’t really settled in that I’ll be moving over to play in less than three weeks time but I can’t be more buzzing to go over and experience the lifestyle of working and playing in Australia. It’ll be good to play in a different part of the country and actually living in the country is the thing I’m looking forward to most.
Do you feel this will be a big learning experience?
“ Massively, you can just tell there are some different playing styles over in Australia. I’ll hopefully pick up on a few things I can put into my game, and hopefully become a better player from the experience.
Finally, what are your aims and objectives to get out of playing rugby in a different country?
“ Personally the main aim is to enjoy it and have a good season whilst hopefully being up there at the end of the season competing for a Grand Final spot. I’ll be arriving towards the end of their pre-season so it could be difficult trying to get into the team as quick as I’d like but I’ve been training a bit with the new part time reserves at Hull FC for a month or so, it’s all pretty much needing to be fit enough and working to be hopefully in the squad for the first game.