You’ll often hear players say that their footy club and their team-mates become like family – but for Sam Lisone that’s ringing very true.
The 26-year-old who moved to the Gold Coast from New Zealand is here by himself.
“I’ve got no family here, just me by myself,” Lisone said.
“The Titans is my family.
“That’s why I’m probably always smiling (at training) because I go home to my bubble and it’s only me so I’m happy to see the boys every day.”
With his two dogs back in New Zealand, as well as family and friends, Lisone says his team-mates and coaches have been checking in to make sure he is going ok.
“You’ve just got to deal with it,” Lisone said.
“I talk to Justo (Holbrook), he always checks in on me to see if I’m alright, but I’m all good.
“I just play my Playstation and training, it’s easy.”
Lisone has become a popular member of the Titans squad since arriving this season and has already signed a contract extension to stay on the Gold Coast.
“I get along with everyone,” he said.
“I do get along with Jai Arrow, I’m growing my mullet, he’s my bash brother.
“Me and Moe (Fotuaika) too, pretty much everyone, I’m an easy guy and I like smiling it costs nothing.”
Having missed just two games this year with injury, the prop has made an impact coming off the bench.
He says it’s a role he is happy to play.
“I’m pretty easy, wherever Justo needs me, I will play wherever.
“We’ve been working really hard as a team.
“Everyone is training hard and competing and it’s showing on the field.
“We’re getting wins and stringing good games together.
“I think we’ve been playing good for six weeks but now we are getting the chocolates at the end, we’ve won three in a row and hopefully we get the win against Manly this weekend.”