He may only be a few weeks into his tenure at Redfern, but Rabbitohs hooking contender, Damien Cook, feels like he’s been wearing the red and green for an age.
That feeling is all thanks to the help of his new teammates, who according to the former Bulldog, have played a key role in helping him find his feet in his new settings.
“It feels like I’ve been here for a while now,” said Cook.
“All the boys have been really great and helped me settle in. Obviously there’s still a lot to get used to in a new team, learning the structures, but everyone being so helpful around me has made me feel plenty of confidence.
“Intensity has been high from the word go. My first day here we were pretty much straight into full-contact, which is good because it means you get the body ready nice and early for the season before it’s too late.”
In a short space of time, Cook has developed a strong relationship with his Rabbitohs teammates, particularly with fellow hooking contender and Souths Junior, Cameron McInnes – the pair working closely together and putting in extra hours at training to hone their skills.
“Cam and I get together after each session and we do the little things that we need to do in our role,” said Cook.
“Obviously passing is a big part of playing hooker – we practice that and do a bit of kicking as well. We’re definitely different styles of hooker, so we’ve learnt a lot off each other.
“I’ve learnt a lot of things off him and it’s really good to have the opportunity to do that with a teammate so we can get the job done for the team.”
Cook will be spending his first Christmas as a Rabbitoh with his family, and is looking forward to returning refreshed in the new year.
“Christmas is going to be great this year – I’m just going to spend it with my family and my partner’s family,” said Cook.
“Boxing Day we’ll head up the Coast and probably just kick back at the beach and re-charge the batteries.”