Tim Glasby could be forgiven for letting his mind drift to the rolling coastal walks, plentiful beaches and sunny days he'll enjoy in Newcastle next year.
But the 29-year-old Storm prop, who will join the Knights on a three-year deal next season, has his mind firmly focused on performing on Friday night against the Sharks.
Before he decided to make the move, he asked ex-Storm hooker Slade Griffin, now with the Knights, about the Newcastle lifestyle.
"I spoke to him and my wife spoke to his partner. We made sure they like the place, because we trust their judgement," Glasby said.
"I haven't really thought about the role [at the Knights]. I'm a leader at the Storm – in the senior leadership group here – and I really enjoy that role. If that's something I can do in the future, that would be really good."
Glasby has had an impressive run with the Storm since his NRL debut in 2013.
Signed as an emerging youngster playing in the Intrust Super Cup with the Central Capras, the Rockhampton native steadily grew into a dependable, no-nonsense prop who has helped develop Melbourne's young forwards in recent years.
Along the way, he won selection for Queensland's Origin team in 2017 and again this year.
And Glasby's rise in stature has coincided with the Storm's consistency over the past three seasons in reaching the final weeks of the competition.
"It's a real positive, isn't it. We've obviously worked very hard over the last few years. I know we made the prelim in '15 and a couple of grand finals. It's very pleasing to be able to reach that mark," he said.
"But every team has been different. We've all had very different seasons each year and different players. It's not because of one thing in particular. It's just everyone playing a role at different points."
Match: Storm v Sharks
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Venue: AAMI Park
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Their preliminary final opponents the Sharks, have beaten Melbourne twice in 2018 and won four out of their last five encounters since their famous 2016 premiership decider.
"It sounds bad, four out of five. But I feel like the games were close and we missed opportunities in those games," Glasby said.
"They're an aggressive forward pack – but so are we. I think that's what makes it such good games against the Sharks with us."
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