ZANE Tetevano already knows enough to know Leeds have the character to get to the top of Super League.

Through no airbrushing of history, no glossing over the bad times, no sidestepping the facts from the past.

Just laying everything that everyone had gone through in their lives, known about or secret, on the line in a session of searing honesty.

Prop Tetevano is no stranger to awkward conversations. His tough upbringing, which saw him brought up by his grandparents, and the conviction for assaulting a woman that saw him out of the NRL for two years saw to that.

But he has faced up to his issues and turned them around to becoming an NRL champion.

Now after telling his new team-mates the story behind the story and hearing theirs, he knows he is at a club that has the mental strength to compete.

The New Zealand international, who will represent his father’s Cook Islands at the World Cup, said: “We had a camp where we all sat around and talked about what we’d all been through.

“I opened up about what’s happened in my life. There were things there that I was speaking about for the first time.

“Things that helped me evolve into the person I am today and everyone shared their story and something about them.

“You can’t just judge a book by its cover. These things help build a connection between us, if you know the worst of times you can embrace the best of times.

“It can be refreshing for people to go, ‘OK, I’ve been here, I’ve achieved some goals now I want to start again.’

“And being at a new club is about re-assesssing how I want to play, my strengths and weaknesses and building that team vulnerability where you can have that connection with your team-mates.

“Doing that, everyone knows they’re on the same page. This was all part of that process.”

The session was all part of boss Richard Agar’s ‘Spirit of the Rhino’ which players by into to get the best out of the side.

Tetevano has told how a stint making frames for houses while playing part-time rugby at New South Wales Cup side Wyong opened his eyes to what is needed to succeed at the top of rugby league.

He also wishes he did it earlier before landing himself in trouble.

Tetevano added: “Things like that make you as a person. You deal with it, accept it and move on but you can’t do it on your own.

“My family stuck by me all the way through and has always been helpful. You always have to have that support system.”

Tetevano does have one problem, though. Negotiating the UK property market so he can sort out a house before partner Makayla, who hails from Northern Ireland, moves over with their three children.

All they are waiting for is UK passports to come through, meaning the 30-year-old has some searching to do after living at a hotel at Leeds’ Headingley ground.

“I’ve got to look for a house but I may pick one I like and she may hate it,” Tetevano conceded.

“I don’t really know how things work over here, so I’m just going on websites at the moment. Hopefully we get something sorted soon.

“They’re just waiting for their passports. We’ve had to put the kids back in school back home as it’s just a waiting process, whenever we ask the question, we get the same answer.

“However, I’ll have to make sure everything is sweet for when she gets here. Things like furniture and beds but when you look online, you don’t know what something looks like. I’m not an interior person!

“But what Leeds have done for me to help me settle in means I want to repay them. When I see the little things they do, it makes me want to do that little bit more.

“I’ve been at some good clubs before and I always want to give back with the way I play and always make sure I perform.

“I’m always a little hard on myself but for good reason because stuff like what Leeds have done you don’t take for granted.”

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