Hull KR half-back Travis Burns has denied that he joined the club as a last resort.
The 28-year-old still has four matches of a 12-match ban to serve after being charged with an intentional high tackle while playing for Penrith in the NRL.
"People have said that Hull KR threw me a lifeline because my career was over in the NRL but that wasn't the case," he told BBC Radio Humberside.
"I chose to come here because I think the club can be successful.
"It was disrespectful of people to imply that I came here because I had no other options, I wanted to try my luck in the Super League and I'm looking forward to this new season.
"I'm the first player to be charged with an intentional high tackle in the history of the NRL and that hurts because I know that it wasn't."
Burns is likely to take the place of fellow Australian Blake Green after he joined Wigan.
And he is confident he can have an immediate impact when he becomes available for the match at Warrington.
"It's tough that I'm going to have to watch the first four games but I can use it as a chance to get myself physically and mentally prepared to play the best football of my career," he continued.
"I've got a point to prove and I like to show people up and I'd like to show the NRL that they were wrong to give me that massive ban."