“Obviously they have been the clubs who have been around since day one and there’s been a lot of hatred over the years,” Arrow told The Sun-Herald.
“What happened with me and Teddy is in the past, I was apologetic for what I did and I never knew he was unconscious. I apologised on the field and again after the game. I also sent him a direct message to clear the air.
“I definitely know Teddy is loved by the Roosters. I wouldn’t say I’m already a fan favourite.
“I do know I can’t wait to play in front of The Burrow. On paper we have a squad that is second to none and probably one of the best in the comp. But we also need to put in the hard work.
“I’m here to run hard and tackle hard and do what I need to do for this team.”
Arrow, 25, is one of the most gifted forwards in the competition who was a Gold Coast gun heavily wooed by Souths and the Wests Tigers. He met with Tigers coach Michael Maguire as well as Souths supercoach Wayne Bennett and his off-sider Jason Demetriou.
Demetriou, who is holding the Redfern fort for Bennett until the new year, and briefly worked with Arrow at the Broncos, said: “Jai has got that relentless competitiveness, that’s why he’s been so successful on the Origin arena, and people don’t realise until you’re about a third of the way into the season what an important role he’ll play for the club.
“He competes hard on every play whether he’s defending or attacking and we’re lucky to have him. We’re looking forward to seeing him run out in the Rabbitohs colours.”
Arrow has settled into Maroubra with his two dogs, Thor and Koda, and had his first taste of Sydney traffic on Thursday. Despite growing up on the Gold Coast, and now residing near one of the best-known beaches in Australia, Arrow admitted he never learned how to surf.
One talking point will be where Arrow is played, and whether he starts in the front-row or lock forward, which would allow Cameron Murray to revert to an edge.
Demetriou hailed Murray as a “world-class No.13” while Arrow was also a powerhouse in both positions. Arrow did not have a preference, said the only difference was when you were up front “you get bashed a lot”, and was happy to start on the wing if it was best for the team.
Arrow shared a laugh with Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker, the NSW No.6 who popped into Friday’s field session, even though he, like Arrow, was not due back until the new year.
The 80-minute forward had one of the funkiest mullets in the game last season, but given Bennett’s stance on haircuts – the supercoach has always believed a shoddy hairstyle reflects poorly on the club – Arrow made a point of getting a decent cut before Queensland Origin camp.
Souths fans will have no problems identifying their new favourite.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.