LACHLAN Coote is ready to build an impregnable red and white wall at Hull KR, after dealing with the thin blue line as he left St Helens.
For the full-back found himself having to rescue his belongings from a police pound after an insurance mix-up.
Coote left Merseyside for east Hull after being squeezed out by salary cap constraints at the three-time defending champions.
But before he had even walked through the door of his new home, he found himself scrambling to make sure his belongings made it with him.
He said: “Our removal van got seized by the police and we had to go and get our stuff!
“It was something to do with insurance. It was sorted that day but we should’ve been in and unpacked at 1pm, it wasn’t until gone 7pm that we were.
“A few of the Hull KR guys came to the rescue with some vans. It was a very long day. We’d got the keys and everything was going well. Then we got the call.
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“They contacted us and said, ‘Your van’s been seized and it’s at this depot. If you want to round up a few vans, unload this one then load up again, go and do it.’”
Coote, 32, aims to help his new club go one step further than last season’s semi-final spot, while also mentoring Rovers’ young players as he eyes a career in coaching.
And while moving from one side of the country to the other was big for him and wife Laura, although having pal Kane Linnett there helps, it was bigger for seven-year-old son Bailey.
But he admits it was something that had to happen so Saints kept their best young talent.
Coote added: “That was the hardest part of the move. Bailey was at Pilks Recs playing rugby league and Pilks Raptors playing football, he loved it.
“He’d built some friendships. It was hard to see him be upset but the best thing was he was talking to us and showing his emotions, which we hadn’t seen.
“But they’re doing it tough for me to live out my childhood dream and going to a place where I was really wanted was big for me.
“Saints were heading in another direction. They were looking towards keeping the young fellas. To do that, they had to let some blokes go.
“It was a bit of a kick in the guts. It was hard to leave and at first, I was a bit disappointed but it’s a juggling act, someone’s got to miss out.”
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