Kyle Eastmond has returned to Super League after agreeing a two-year contract with Leeds Rhinos following spells at Bath, Wasps and Leicester.
“I achieved what I wanted to achieve and I played for England in some big games against the best teams in the world. I’m proud of what I did in union,” said the 31-year-old.
"I think the maturity I've come back with now will put me in a completely different situation to when I left," Eastmond continued.
"I left the game as somebody who had ability and had achieved some things, but I feel like I'm coming back with a lot more experiences in a lot of different environments.
"I've learnt another game as well, which is important, but personally the growth I've had over the last nine years is a major thing.
"Just playing in some major environments and big games with pressure and scrutiny on you, and having to learn the game from scratch gives me a lot of confidence.
"This starts with what I'm doing on the training field, what I'm doing off the training field in the analysis room with the staff and with the players to accelerate this challenge."
Capable of playing at full-back or centre along with his regular position in the halves in rugby league, Eastmond established himself in the Bath midfield following his code switch and progressed rapidly enough to be part of the England set-up by his second season.