NEW Warrington signing Kurt Gidley has revealed he sought advice from his brother and former Saints favourite Matt before making the move to England.
Before finalising his decision, Gidley spoke to older brother Matt, the current Knights chief executive who had a successful playing stint at Saints from 2007-10, and Newcastle all-time great Andrew (Joey) Johns - who played just three games for Warrington in 2005 but still has a big influence on the club.
“I’d spoken to Matt right through his time at St Helens, I’m great mates with Danny Buderus, who spent three years with Leeds, and with Joey, who came over here and spent time with Warrington.
“They are three guys who I always go to to seek some advice from in all different parts of life, and I know I’ll get an honest answer from them.
“They all had a great time coming over with their families - Danny and Matt had small kids at that stage like myself and they all had a great time.”
Gidley has signed a 12-month deal with the Wolves with an option for 2017 and he insists he is not here for a holiday.
“My mindset is the complete opposite,” he said. “I had a great career at Newcastle but I was ready for a change - I grew up there and played my whole career there.
“I achieved some great things in the NRL but at this stage of my life I’m ready for a new challenge.
“To come over to the Super League to a new club and town, I’ve got to earn my coach’s and team-mates’ respect through how I train and certainly have to earn my home fans’ respect by how I play. For me, that’s a great thing to have that sort of challenge in my life.”