REDS halfback Will Genia says he has signed with the Sunshine Coast Stingrays because the region feels like home.
The Wallabies No.9 became the biggest signing in the Premier Rugby club's history when he officially linked with the team yesterday.
Genia revealed it was he who chased the Stingrays after he appeared at a luncheon at Alexandra Headland surf club last month and fell in love with the region.
At the official unveiling of his signing at Matthew Flinders Anglican College late yesterday, he told the Daily the laidback nature of the Coast reminded him of his home country, Papua New Guinea.
"I'd find any excuse to come here and stay," Genia said.
"Playing for a club is a good start. It's a beautiful place. It reminds me of home back in Papua New Guinea. It's so laidback, all the people are so friendly and helpful and everything.
"I could definitely see myself settling down here in the future."
Given his likely Wallabies commitments, the 24-year-old said he did not know if he would be able to turn out for the Stingrays this season but was keen to play when ever possible.
"I spoke to him (Stingrays coach John Rangihuna) and I said if there's any opportunity to get to play, I'd love to," Genia said.