They may have been in the opposition on the weekend, but Pat Herbert can't wait to suit up with his new Titans teammates this weekend.
Herbert represented the Maori All Stars while five of his teammates played for the Indigenous All Stars side, but the young Kiwi is looking forward to having the likes of Jamal Fogarty and Brian Kelly on his side this weekend.
"I am fairly keen to play the boys down at Lismore and to play with the Indigenous boys that I just played against. Herbert said.
"We walked away as friends after the weekend and I am pretty keen to play with them this weekend in Lismore."
Herbert was proud to represent his culture but also relished the opportunity to get the first match under his belt in 2021.
"It was really good feeling to start for a team that we are so passionate about.
"To represent our people and our culture just made it extra special.
"I was just glad to dust off the cobwebs and get the motor going again.
"Obviously got a lot to work on, I want to be a lot more involved with our games coming up with my carry's, but I am happy with how I went.
"First hitout and I am a bit sore but nothing I am not used to."
Asked about going up against his old team (New Zealand Warriors), Herbert says he knows there will be plenty of chatter, but is keen to focus on his team and make sure he cements his own position.
"I am sure we are going to have a bit of banter but it is always fun and games but it is a trial and about getting ready for round one, so it is about getting ready for our team and then I'll probably say hello after the game.
With strong performances in the three-quarter line in the Titans Burleigh trial, Herbert will be looking to impress to ensure he is on the team sheet come round 1.
"There is so much depth in the centre and outside backs.
Greg (Marzhew) and Trey (Spry) 'killed it' so I need to stay on my toes.
"You can never be complacent in the NRL and their are other boys who are hungry so if you take your foot off the pedal, you will get left behind.