Karl Lawton's only experiences of Mt Smart Stadium had been horrific before he made his remarkable Warriors debut.
The former Gold Coast Titans utility won an instant fan base when he came off the bench and scored two tries in three minutes late in the 26-4 NRL dismantling of the Wests Tigers.
In the process, a "pretty ecstatic" Lawton exorcised a gruesome memory of the last time he played at the Auckland ground two years ago.
Making his NRL debut for the Titans against the Warriors, he suffered a sickening ankle break and dislocation which wiped out the rest of his 2016 season.
Not only that, Lawton recalls suffering injuries when playing at Mt Smart Stadium for the Gold Coast under-20 team.
"It seems like every time I play here I get injured," he said.
"Thank God I got out there for once and didn't get injured. I'm pretty stoked with that."
The speedy 22-year-old showed why he was picked up on the eve of the season, providing bench value with his ability to also cover backline roles.
However, a starting hooker berth could be his over coming weeks if Kiwis veteran Issac Luke is sidelined by the dislocated shoulder suffered against the Tigers.
Lawton, who played 12 times across two seasons with the Titans, would relish the opportunity.
He feels settled after two months at the Warriors and admits surprise they have exploded from the blocks in 2018, winning seven of nine matches.
"It's an eye-opener to everyone," he said.
"You come here and you don't know what to expect at any new team but we've played out of our skin.
"The boys are a good bunch of blokes and that makes it 10 times easier."
Murwillumbah-born Lawton brings an element of glamour to the Warriors.
The former part-time underwear model is the partner of popular Australian model Rosie Van, who has a sizeable social media following.
Luke said the Warriors have keep the newcomer grounded.
"He's been great here, he's bought into our culture," the veteran hoker said.
"He's starting to turn into a Kiwi now."