Quinlan’s debut joy was a family affair

Adam Quinlan celebrates his try against Huddersfield Giants
Adam Quinlan celebrates his try against Huddersfield Giants

Adam Quinlan has revealed he isn’t the only one riding through a whirlwind week after his white hot debut.

After stepping off the plane and announcing his arrival in St Helens with a hat-trick in last week’s nerve-shredding win over Huddersfield, the 22-year-old Aussie could take stock and begin to learn the ropes at his new club.

Quinlan is mobbed by teammates after scoring on his debut

Quinlan is mobbed by teammates after scoring on his debut

But Quinlan admits he is leaning on the guidance of his dad during the first weeks of his transition, and was happy to calm both of their nerves.

“Dad was pretty happy, he’s come over with me for a couple of weeks and he said that’s the most nervous he’s been,” admitted Quinlan.

“It was good to get one out of the way for myself and for him.”

Quinlan, who used to work for his dad’s plumbing business in case his rugby career didn’t take off, answered Saints’ SOS call at short notice to become their seventh full-back this season.

And his dad has flown to the UK with his son while he settles into his new surroundings.

“He’s come with me for a two weeks to help me settle in and he’s come for a bit of a holiday too. It’s something different for him, get some time off work and come over,” Quinlan said.

“Neither of us have been here and we’re excited to get over here and it’s been good so far. I’ve come here to play footy and hopefully do that well.”

And with a lightning-paced 69 points shared between the sides last week, Quinlan wasn’t disappointed with his initiation into a competition he has watched from Down Under, though he is already looking at ways to touch-up his performances.

“They have a couple of games on Fox every week back home. It’s been exciting to watch and it was not different at the weekend,” he said.

“I was just really happy to get out there. I like the way the game was played _ the ball was thrown around a lot.

“The rest of the team were really helpful and the coaching staff.

“I just need to work on a few combinations I suppose and just little things in my personal game that I can fix up.”

Quinlan’s performance didn’t just impress his dad last weekend.

Saints boss Keiron Cunningham was made-up for his newest recruit as he waltzed to a hat-trick against Huddersfield as Saints kept their grip on second place in the table.

And Cunningham is happy with how Quinlan (inset) is slotting into the Saints blueprint.

“He’s brilliant. I don’t think I ever envisaged that and I don’t think he did himself,” said the boss on Quinlan’s debut. “Even when he was going over for his second try he couldn’t believe his luck and to get three in the space of that short period in the first half is phenomenal.

“He’s a great kid. Very likeable and he fits our structure really well.

“I’m sure he’ll get better and better with that.”

Training for Quinlan has been exclusively soaked in Britain’s summer weather since his arrival - but it’s all being taken in his stride according to Cunningham.

“He’s definitely brought the Aussie winter weather with him but he’s not put off by that,” he said. “He said it was cold but I said, you’re lucky - it’s not been -6 yet! He goes with it and he’s enjoying being in England and having the ability to play with some of these great players at St Helens.”