Stewart Mills hot to trot in Broncos backline
NRL: Broncos recruit Stewart Mills knew moving to Brisbane would present him with a range of challenges but he didn't count on becoming a victim of the searing Queensland heat.
Mills (pictured) earlier this month fainted during a training session held in temperatures a far cry from those experienced in the much-cooler southern beachside suburbs of Sydney during his time with Cronulla.
The 22-year-old outside back moved to the Broncos to keep his NRL dream alive after managing just five games for the Sharks in 2013.
Nothing however has been guaranteed for Mills with the Broncos signing Ben Barba from the Bulldogs and Daniel Vidot from the Dragons to bolster a backline that already includes internationals Justin Hodges, Josh Hoffman and Jack Reed.
While Mills faces a tough task earning a place in the starting side, the young flyer said he relishes a challenge and is enjoying his new environment and the long training sessions under new strength and conditioning coach Alex Corvo.
"I'm getting used to the conditions," Mills told APN.
"Training has been good, it's been tough but I'm enjoying it.
"It's just all new movements with the weights and the physical activities on the field. It's a lot more hands-on here, a lot more professional."
Mills dismissed any concerns about his collapse at training.
"I think it was just coming back from the holidays and not being hydrated," he said.
"The heat was a big factor as well.
"It was the first time I had fainted so it was a very weird feeling."
Mills has trained strongly since the incident and remains confident he can force his way into the Brisbane backline.
"I feel better, I feel physically better," he said.
"The body's holding up, no injuries. I'm just loving being here."
Despite loving his new surroundings, Mills has been escaping to the Gold and Sunshine coasts as often as possible.
"The last couple of weeks I've been down there (Gold Coast) every weekend, and the Sunny Coast as well," he said.
"I lived about two minutes away from the beach down in Cronulla, now I'm an hour and a half, so is a bit different."