Ryan Sutton is aiming to prove his doubters wrong as he prepares to make his NRL debut this weekend.
The early indications are both he and his ex-Wigan team-mate John Bateman will be in the Raiders squad for the opening game at Gold Coast Titans this Sunday - along with fellow Englishmen Elliott Whitehead and Josh Hodgson.
But of those four, Sutton is the only one not to crack the national side and he is well-aware there are some people who think he will struggle to make an impact Down Under.
"I'm stubborn and sometimes I do read some stuff on Twitter or Instagram and I probably look into it too much, but it drives me because I know I am under the radar a little bit, so why not come over here and try and do something a bit special," the 23-year-old told NRL.com.
"There probably will be people who will say, 'An English bloke going out to the NRL, he won't make it' - but I want to try and prove people wrong.
"You know in yourself if you can do it, I know it's a tough competition, but I'm a competitive person and I wanted to come over here and make a name for myself."
Canberra's game at the Titans on Sunday night is followed by a home match against Melbourne Storm five days later.