A Queenslander through and through, Melbourne Storm forward Tim Glasby said he has no regrets over reneging on a move back to the sunshine state to play with North Queensland.
After taking part in his first NRL season-opener on Monday night in the Storm's 12-4 win over St George Illawarra, keeping former Kiwis 18th man Kenny Bromwich and promising rookie Nelson Asofa-Solomona out of the team in the meantime, Glasby is happy he will remain in Melbourne for the next two seasons.
"I love Melbourne – as city and as a club – my wife and I are really happy there so it's really great to be able to stick around," Glasby told NRL.com.
"Obviously a few personal things changed for me so I was just really happy the Cowboys were really good to me by helping me through it and consequently releasing me.
"Then on top of that, I was pleased the Storm re-signed me."
Despite having the opportunity to return closer to home, the former Central Queensland Capras player had no qualms with his transition from the country Queensland to Australia's second most-populated city.
"The shift to the city has never really affected me. I lived in Sydney for a couple of years when I was playing under-20s with the Panthers," Glasby said.
"At the end of the day, my wife and I were happy to move to Victoria and try different things so going from the country to the city wasn't that big a deal."
Somewhat of a late bloomer, having only played 16 NRL games as he approaches his 26th birthday, Glasby is happy to play any role in the forward pack after securing a place in Melbourne's top 17 at the start of the season.
"[Being picked] is a nice reward following a really tough pre-season and I'm more than happy to be a part of this team. I just have to continue playing and building on it from there. I don't care where I play, I'm just happy to be in the 17," Glasby said.
"I filled in for Kevvy [Proctor] there but if needs be and if I'm required in the middle then I'm happy to do that. I like both roles, they're different sure, but I'm happy just being on the field.
"Sometimes I have to pinch myself knowing how far I've come and I can't help but enjoy it so hopefully I can carry on with it."