St George Illawarra Dragons halfback Michael Witt admits it will be a special moment for him when he faces-off against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Sunday.
The Newtown Lions junior, who joined the Red-and-Whites form the London Broncos during the off-season, is still coming to terms with the opportunity to wear the Red V jersey having expected to see out his career in England.
Witt, 30, is keen to take to the field alongside his new teammates but feels for those players, including fellow pivot Sam Williams, who were not selected for the opening fixture.
“It’s very exciting and I guess a reward for a long pre-season,” said Witt.
“It was always the hope to start the season playing in the halves as I certainly didn’t come here just to play reserve-grade.
“Hopefully I can bring a bit of experience as I’ve been around for a while and looking forward to returning and playing in the NRL.
“I know Sam is disappointed in not being selected in the same way that every other bloke who wasn’t named in the 17 is.
“That’s part-and-parcel of having a healthy squad but he’s a good player who will get his shot here.
“I always thought that I would end up retiring in England but I cannot be more excited to have returned as I feel like I am making my debut all over again.
“I have felt welcome here from day dot which is great so to go out with those guys on Sunday will be very special.”