Settling in to his new life at Hull FC, Bureta Faraimo has quite a story to tell.
The New Zealand-born winger, who qualifies to play for the USA via the American owned Swains Island, a tiny mile and a half long piece of land in the Pacific Ocean with a population of just 17 people, arrived in the U.K on Sunday, and started training at his new club this week.
Part of the US World Cup squad, he featured three times for the Tomahawks, and has had spells at both Parramatta Eels and latterly the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL.
“My dad is from a tiny place called Swains. I’ve never been there, but it allowed me to play for the USA,” Faraimo explained.
“Our coach Brian McDermott had a bit of banter with me about Hull and I know a couple of boys, Frank Pritchard was one of them, and he had nothing but good things to say about the place.
“He said it’s a good club on and off the field and that it’s a really family orientated club. They obviously had a bit of success whilst Frank was there and it would be great to be a part of that whilst I’m there too.
“But I know I have some really big shoes to fill. Mahe Fonua is a big loss to them. I’m not really there to make up the numbers or anything like that. I’m rocking up to be Bureta Faraimo.
“I don’t really talk about what I’m going to do, but I compete in everything and I don’t like to lose. I will speak with my actions.”
Having played in the country before at international level, Faraimo is all too aware of the Super League competition, but his assessment, like Widnes’ board thinking their current squad is capable of surviving the drop, is probably just a little bit extreme.
“I’ve watched a little bit of Super League and the standard is fast and physical, they throw the ball about a bit more than the NRL,” Faraimo continued.
“But I don’t really understand the structure – these guys play for a trophy every month or something like that. You need a degree or diploma to figure that out.
“However I’m really happy and excited to be joining Hull FC. The fans seem really passionate and it will be great to play in front of them. I’ve seen some big crowds in my time but they seem to get really into it and that excites me.
“The club itself has been around the top four and has had the recent success of the Challenge Cup and that’s what I want to do when I start playing – I want to win.”