Tim Grant says he leaves South Sydney disappointed he failed to see out his four-year contract but excited about the prospect of playing more minutes at Wests Tigers.
Grant, who has signed a two-year deal with the Tigers, joined the club for training on Thursday having been granted a release from the final three years of his deal at the Rabbitohs.
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While the former NSW Origin prop admits he would have loved to have remained at the Rabbitohs, he leaves the club with no grudges despite being squeezed out to fit Sam Burgess' deal under the salary cap.
"I'm disappointed the way it went at Souths for sure," Grant, who farewelled South Sydney teammates at training on Tuesday, told Fairfax Media.
"On the other hand one door closes and another one opens. I just think it was an opportunity to look elsewhere, I'm not 100 per cent sure why on Souths' part but there was that opportunity to go elsewhere.
"That came up at the Tigers and I think there's an opportunity for me to get more game time than I would at Souths. I've got a pretty good relationship with Madge [South Sydney coach Michael Maguire] and regard him as a mate moving forward. That's the most important thing in rugby league, those mates and memories you gain along the way."
Grant has endured a tumultuous 12 months. He was released by his junior club, Penrith, from the final two years of his contract in 2014 before linking up with South Sydney.
While it may not have panned out the way he had hoped, Grant insists he leaves the Rabbitohs in much better physical condition and with his best football ahead of him at the Tigers.
"I think going to Souths and working as hard as we did, it rejuvenated my body and lit the fire again," Grant said.
"I was busted when I first went there but Eddie Farah put a lot of work into me and worked on my bulging disc problem and got my core strong again. I feel a lot better for it now and excited about being at the Tigers fit and fresh."
Grant, who roomed with Tigers skipper Aaron Woods at City Origin camp in previous seasons, insists he is excited about the young talent on the roster at the joint venture.
"I had training yesterday and the two young halves were impressive," Grant said.
"[James] Tedesco is a huge talent and Robbie [Farah] is all class. The spine is really exciting. Another thing that appealed to me at the Tigers was Justin Pascoe [CEO] and Phil Moss [football manager] were there.
"They are guys I worked with at Penrith and have huge respect for them and their leadership and the way they conduct business. Aaron Woods is the captain and they've got a good leadership group. That appeals to me, that culture."