Ligi Sao believes his Hull FC front-row partner Chris Satae deserved every bit of the praise he received last season.
Satae picked up the clubâ€™s player of the season award following a campaign in which he was simply unplayable at times.
The prop oozed confidence as he led the way for Brett Hodgsonâ€™s side and Sao, who played with Satae at New Zealand Warriors, too, was delighted to see him so happy on the field of play.
Heâ€™s quick to point out, though, that Sataeâ€™s form came on the back of his hard work and dedication behind the scenes throughout the year.
â€œIt was one of the best seasons Iâ€™ve seen him play,â€ Sao said of his good friend.
â€œHe deserves all the accolades he got last season, he worked hard for them, though, I saw him work really hard last year.
â€œWhen youâ€™re happy off the pitch, it plays a role on the pitch as well. I was really happy for him, it was one of the best seasons Iâ€™ve seen from him but it on the back of some hard work.
â€œIâ€™m really proud of him. From where he came from back home, heâ€™s taken that opportunity with both hands.â€
Both Satae and Sao were joined at training by Fiji international Kane Evans on Monday after he made the move over to East Yorkshire late last week.
Evans didnâ€™t get involved on the training field, but he did spend time in the gym with his new teammates and is expected to pull his boots on and get a ball in his hand later this week.
Sao has played against Evans before whilst plying their trade and he knows all about what heâ€™ll bring to the MKM Stadium.
â€œWeâ€™ve played against him a few times,â€ he added. â€œHeâ€™s a big lad.
â€œHe does a lot of things with intent. Heâ€™ll bring out the best in the whole team hopefully.
â€œHeâ€™s a big lad, the bigger they, the harder they are to handle.
â€œNew faces freshen up the place. Heâ€™s a quality player, Kane. He can play, heâ€™s big and heâ€™s hard to handle.â€