Mike Haley is enjoying life at Munster and since his move from Sale Sharks during the summer, the Irish-qualified fullback has amassed a total of 320 minutes for the southern province this season.
He has already made the starting fullback spot his own at the southern province – the only fixtures he has missed were due to a hamstring injury.
Settling into life at Munster and arriving for a gruelling preseason was made that bit easier due to the likes of Ciaran Parker, Sammy Arnold and Alex Wootton who he would have known from earlier in his career.
“Really enjoying it,” Haley said today at Munster’s base in UL.
“Obviously, it was a long preseason with a lot of hard work done but from minute one, as soon as I stepped into the changing room, all the lads were great. I knew a couple of them before; obviously Ciaran Parker, Sammy Arnold and Alex Wootton who I would have played with in younger years back over there [England].
“But yeah, the lads are great, made it really home for me over here and I’m really enjoying it. When you’re pulling out performances like last weekend where everyone really becomes a team, it’s great to be here.”
For anyone who follows Munster players on social media, you will know there is a transport trend developing among the squad – electric scooters. Haley took the plunge and the high potential for slagging by making a purchase on Amazon but it didn’t take long for his colleagues to follow suit and make their own foray into two-wheeled travel.
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It’s clear that Haley is enjoying life in Limerick but he has yet to experience the Thomond Park atmosphere on a European matchday – that’s something which will come on Saturday.
“I was blown away by the support last week, obviously, from the fans travelling in the storm to Exeter. I was getting off the coach and I had my headphones, fans were singing down the headphones, I couldn’t believe it.
“So yeah, I can’t wait to hopefully walk out at Thomond with the support that’s going to be going on there, it’s going to be great.”
Munster take on Gloucester at Thomond Park this Saturday at 1 pm.