IT'S not too hard to pick out the hut of Marika Koroibete's family in the Fijian mountain village of Navaiyawa. It's the one with the whopping big satellite dish sticking out of the roof.
The dish was a gift to the family from the Wests Tigers winger. The way he saw it, it saved the family a four-hour trip to town to watch him play in the NRL every weekend.
There's only one drawback. Being the only hut in the village with a television means his parents now have more than their usual quota of visitors.
As the Wests Tigers winger puts it, "The whole village comes to the house to watch".
Koroibete is rapidly becoming a cult figure at the club and you only have to watch him play to understand why.
Cut from the same cloth as other Fijian flyers Lote Tuqiri, Noa Nadruku and Akuila Uate, the 20-year-old is a mix of blinding speed and brute force.
In Sunday's win over Penrith at Campbelltown Stadium, Koroibete made 15 runs for 223m, busted out of seven tackles, broke the Panthers' defensive line twice and finished off his afternoon with a well-deserved try.
What makes those statistics even more impressive is the fact that Koroibete didn't play a match until he was 17.
When he arrived in Australia to play in an under-19s Fijian side, he hadn't heard of Benji Marshall or Robbie Farah.
"I didn't play, I just did it for fun, playing touch footy, sevens, just doing it for fun," Koroibete said.
"As soon as I came to secondary school they wanted me to play. I didn't know about rugby league at all ... I didn't even know what rugby league was."
Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell and under-20s coach Grant Jones took the advice on board and went to watch Koroibete in action for a touring Fiji side against a NSW Cup representative team. They signed him almost immediately.
Koroibete is off contract at the end of the season but the club has another year option in its favour. "He's a pretty quiet kid, but he's also pretty fearless," McDonnell said.