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Newest Dragon Tom Eisenhuth hit the ground running in his opening preseason sessions with the club this week as he adjusts to life in the Red V.

The 31-year-old linked up with the club earlier in the week having spent the past five seasons with the Melbourne Storm.

He says that his welcome has been warm albeit intense on the pitch and in the gym.

“It's pretty good; day two,” Eisenhuth said on Friday.

“Tough day today but, you know, the lads are a pretty good and nice group and, yeah, learning a lot, so it's good to be here.”

Having spent the past several weeks training solo to keep the body “fresh”, he is now thankful to be alongside his new Dragons teammates.

“It’s still fresh… Today was a tough day, so we'll see how we pull up tomorrow but it's nice to get into some training and start running with some fellas rather than training on my own,” he said.

“There's one or two familiar faces I've played a couple games with here and there, so it's good to catch up with them and meet a lot of the new fellas.”

Eisenhuth is excited to work under new head coach Shane Flanagan who he says has played a key role in in making his move to the club so seamless.

"He's been good. He's pretty easy to approach and talk about some footy,” he said.

“It's been a nice welcome to the club for me."

He has also been impressed by the younger members of the squad and aims to play a role in helping them transition from the lower grades into week-to-week NRL action.

“There's a lot of young players here in this squad and [I want to] help those fellas become some regular first graders as well.”

“I just really want to help this club move forward and win a lot of footy,” he said.

“There's a lot of young players here in this squad and [I want to] help those fellas become some regular first graders as well.”

He is counting down the days to his first hit-out in front of the Red V faithful where he hopes to stake his claim for a spot in the side’s 17 for Round 1.

“Personally, just want to play plenty of first grade,” he said.

“I've heard a lot about the fans. It's a pretty good supporting group, so hopefully [the first clash is] not too far away and I get the opportunity to play in front of those fans. It'll be lovely.”

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