Whitehaven RL sign Papua New Guinea internationals
Last updated at 09:00, Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Whitehaven have pulled off a massive coup by capturing two experienced Papua New Guinea international stars.
They are stand-off Glen Nami and centre Jessie Joe Parker and details were revealed at a press conference this morning.
Haven were already favourites to take the Championship One title, following heavy pre-season investment in their squad and news of the latest signings is likely to send their odds tumbling.
Nami, 25, played for the Kumuls in the 2010 Four Nations and scored a try against New Zealand.
Parker, 26, also featured in the tournament and is no stranger to England after scoring 17 tries in just 14 appearances for Championship high-flyers Featherstone Rovers in 2010.
He was then snapped up by Super League Wakefield on a two-year contract.
Wildcats boss John Kear said at the time: “Jessie Joe has been outstanding for Featherstone and we believe that he will be a big asset for us.
“We are always interested in the best talent and we’re delighted that Jessie has agreed to join us.
“Jessie Joe played in the 2008 World Cup in Australia as well as the 2009 Pacific Cup for the Kumuls so he is an experienced international.
“He has proved to be a consistent try scorer for Rovers and we want him to transfer that talent to Super League for the Wildcats.”
Wakefield later released him from his contract after he failed to arrive in England in time for pre-season training, it is thought due to visa problems.
Haven had hoped to sign another PNG pair for this season, Joe Bond and Tommy Butterfield, but they failed to secure work permits.
On paper, Nami and Parker are ahead of that duo as they have already represented their country, subject to work visas.
First published at 08:17, Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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No jobs for locals then.
its great news its just what we need to kick start our league, well done all whogot them heer
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