Harry Grant has revealed a text from Wests Tigers great Robbie Farah helped calm his nerves in his NRL club debut on Saturday night.
Contracted with Melbourne until the end of 2022, Grant was the first played in the NRL involved in a loan swap when he switched with Paul Momirovski in April.
Grant showed why numerous judges have pegged him as a future State of Origin star after scoring a tey five minutes into the Tigers’ win over Cronulla.
The 22-year-old later said he received a game day text from Farah, who retired at the end of last season.
“He wished me all the best and it was pretty special for me,” Grant said.
“I asked him for a bit of advice and he gave me a little bit.
“I hadn’t had much to do with him.
“It was very special for me that he reached out and wished me all the best and gave me a few pointers that I definitely took on board and carried into the game.”
Grant also sought advice from Storm development coach Ryan Hinchcliffe, who has become a mentor.
“He was the coach that I did all my development with last year,” Grant said.
“So he knew my style of play and what I build my game on.
“He was really good for me.”
Grant now appears to have formed a tandem with utility Billy Walters, who also joined the Tigers from Melbourne over the summer.
Walters was strong filling in at hooker over the opening two rounds of the season before the club sealed the historic deal for Grant’s services.
Grant finished the game aganst the Sharks with a game-high 43 tackles to go with his four-pointer, while Walters tallied a try assist in his second-half cameo.
“Billy’s got a dynamic running game, so (the new rules are) very much suited towards his game,” Grant said.
“Hopefully we can build a little combo where we compliment each other.”