Sheffield Eagles are happy to play a waiting game as high-profile signing Lelauloto Tagaloa adjusts to the demands of the Championship.
The USA international, nicknamed Loto, has faced a steep learning curve after joining the Eagles this season.
Coach Mark Aston is confident Tagaloa - who played for the USA in last autumn’s Rugby League World Cup - will settle in and “score a bucketful of tries”.
“We have to look at Loto’s development and which games he plays in,” Aston said.
“He has a lot of work to do, he’s always been a 12-month project but he’s been thrown in. When his knowledge of the game grows he’ll score a bucketful of tries in years to come.”
Tagaloa’s determination was shown as a forwards substitute in Challenge Cup tie at Castleford Tigers, and he could play a similar role against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday. Aston has also to decide whether Tagaloa, who is 6ft 4ins and 16 stone, will be more effective at centre or in the forwards.
“His understanding and knowledge of the game at this level lets him down,” said Aston. “Loto doesn’t quite get the intensity but he’s getting there.”