TIM Glasby has arrived at the Newcastle Knights after spending the past five seasons living in the NRL equivalent of a parallel universe.
At his previous club, Melbourne, the 29-year-old prop appeared in five consecutive play-off series, three successive grand finals, and featured in their 2017 premiership triumph.
Over the same period, the Knights have been on looking on enviously when the business end of each season kicked off, wondering when they would next be involved.
The secret, according to Glasby, is no great secret. Work hard and let the rest take care of itself.
“To be honest, our expectation at Melbourne was to perform well,” he said.
“It was never to that you have to make the finals, or win comps, or that sort of stuff.
“That’s my expectation here, that I perform well. I have that expectation of myself, and as a group we have the expectation that we go out and perform well each week as well.
“At the moment that’s starting at training through the pre-season, and if you’re working hard now and it continues through the season, then you’re putting yourself in a good position to make finals and hopefully win comps.”
The three-game Queensland Origin representative sees no reason why his charmed run in big games can’t continue in Newcastle.
“I am very used to it [playing in finals],” he said. “It’s been a good few years.
“I’d very much love to continue it here, and I think we’ve got a really good squad.”
Glasby said he was looking forward to lining up alongside new recruit David Klemmer, rather than trying to stop him.
“He’s an aggressive bloke and he’s a hard runner of the footy, so it will be nice to be on the other side of it,” he said.