Redman swots up for family's future
He admits that it's a far cry from the 150-page playbook Jarryd Hayne has to wrap his head around at the San Francisco 49ers but Titans recruit Chad Redman has studied up and is ready to prove to coach Neil Henry he warrants an extended stay on the Gold Coast.
The Titans' clash with the Roosters at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday will be something of a return home for the former Knight who will get to see his two children, Cohen and Harlow, for the first time since making the move to the Gold Coast last week.
Redman's partner Shelly has been on the Gold Coast this week searching for a place that they can call home with Redman determined to take his opportunity to play more NRL football and parlay it into a new deal to stay at the Titans.
Stuck behind Adam Clydesdale and Tyler Randell at the Knights, Redman knocked back a verbal contract offer to stay in Newcastle for a further season to take a chance with the Titans, his first assignment to help them through their current injury crisis.
Named to start this week after playing 36 minutes off the bench against the Warriors last Saturday, the former Australian Schoolboy has been hard at work learning the ins and outs of the Titans playbook.
"I think [Hayne] said that his book is like 150 pages long; mine isn't that long," Redman said of his crib notes.
"They're the same moves but with different names and a different shape so you just have to study it and the best way to do that is at training.
"[The names] are completely different at Newcastle so I've written them down on a bit of paper and studied it at home for the coaching staff so hopefully I've got my head wrapped around it for Sunday.
"It wasn't easy settling into a new team, especially at hooker, but I've got my head around all the moves now so hopefully on Sunday I can play a bit better."
Handed his NRL debut by the Knights in Round 10, Redman impressed many judges with a crucial try in the 22-12 win over the Wests Tigers but two weeks later was back playing NSW Cup and seemingly out of favour.
The offer from the Titans – instigated by assistant coach Rohan Smith following the knee injury suffered by Kierran Moseley – came at just the right time for Redman who had no hesitation in heading north for the winter.
"When you go up to NRL and make your debut and play pretty well and then get dropped back it was a bit disappointing but you've just got to keep your head on as much as you can," said the 22-year-old.
"As soon as this opportunity arose I couldn't knock it back. To play NRL and get an opportunity to cement my spot, just couldn't resist it.
"It was a verbal offer from the Knights [for 2016] and I was just 'umming' and 'ahhing' whether to take that anyway but I'm up here until the end of the year and I'll just give it all I've got for the last 12 weeks of the year and see what happens."
When he looks into the stands on Sunday and sees Shelly with Cohen and Harlow along with members of the Redman family down from Newcastle for the day, Redman will be reminded of just how important every game is to his future.
He says he already feels at home on the Gold Coast and is desperate to bring his family to Queensland in a fortnight and start their new life north of the border.
"I'm lucky with Shelly, she supports my NRL dream 100 per cent," Redman said. "She goes through the emotions just as much as me.
"When I made my debut in Newcastle and played so well and then went back to Cup, she felt the emotions and then when I got the call last Monday to come up here she said to me straight away, 'Go for it.'
"You do miss them, I Facetime my daughter and son every day but it's a bit hard just seeing them so I'm going to stop doing that.
"I'll see them at Gosford on Sunday so I'll be playing in front of them and I haven't seen them in a week so I can't wait to get down and see them.
"It's all about opportunity and I've been handed one here to show what I can do and hopefully I can be consistent and get that new deal that I'm after."