Warriors recruit Jeff Robson knows about slow starts to an NRL season.
In his last year with Cronulla, the Sharks lost their first four games of 2015, but still made the finals, getting as far as the second week.
So, with the Warriors at 0-2 ahead of a clash with Melbourne in Auckland on Sunday, the experienced halfback believes two rounds is too soon to turn up the heat on a club.
“You can’t jump on us too quickly,” he said.
“We’ve got a fair few new players in the team and we’re still starting to gel.”
Along with the 33-year-old Robson, the Warriors also recruited the high-profile pair of fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and hooker Issac Luke.
Their arrival has given the Warriors a new spine, with playmaker-in-chief Shaun Johnson filling out the quartet.
Robson said it would take time for combinations to develop.
“It’s about learning each other’s style of play and what suits us best as a team,” he said.
“That’s just going to be a week-by-week thing and hopefully we can turn it around this week against the Storm.”
After their 34-26 loss to the Wests Tigers in the opening round, Robson believes the Warriors took a significant step forward in their performance against Brisbane before going down 25-10.
While he argues for patience, he can understand the spotlight on the Warriors and coach Andrew McFadden.
Not only are the Warriors the only NRL team in New Zealand, the signing of Tuivasa-Sheck and Luke raised the pre-season hype.
But intense scrutiny at a club isn’t new to Robson.
He was at Cronulla when they were named in an investigation by anti-doping body ASADA into banned supplements.
“I played at the Sharks under the peptides situation,” he said.
“There was plenty of scrutiny there, so it doesn’t faze me.”