Players know when a move is right and for Newcastle Knights winger Josh Mantellato, having been involved within the club for some years now, a new challenge is required.
At 26, Mantellato made his NRL debut and joined the full-time squad at the beginning of the 2014 season.
The Italian World Cup representative currently leads the NSW Cup in point-scoring and with a chance to cement a first-grade spot in England, the decision was an easy one for Mantellato.
â€œI had only played for one local club before joining Newcastle so it was a big move for me to come up here, but it was the best decision I have ever made because I got to tick off the one thing I have always wanted to do and that was to play NRL,” said Mantellato.
â€œObviously the opportunity to play regular first grade is better for me in England and hopefully the three years I am over there I can establish myself as a first grade super league player at Hull KR.â€
For the Knights fans, Mantellato has no intentions of forgetting about the club and is thankful for the opportunities he was afforded over the years.
â€œThank you to the Club for having faith in me,â€ he said.
â€œTo make my debut at 26, Wayne (Bennett) went out on a limb to put me in and I am really grateful for the opportunity.
â€œAnd to the supporters, you are the best in the NRL!â€
Despite knowing he is set to depart at season’s end, Mantellato is focused on helping the Knights potentially win the NSW Cup competition.
â€œWe are going pretty well in NSW Cup, we are finding our feet and hitting some form heading into the semis,â€ said Mantellato, who scored four tries in Saturdayâ€™s Round 22 win over Cronulla.
â€œWith three games to go we can give the finals a good shake, I canâ€™t wait.â€