8th January 2019, 09:59 | super_league
Get to know the new Super League signings from the NRL. Which signing will have the biggest impact in 2019?
Matt Frawley signs for Giants from Canterbury Bulldogs on a two-year contract which paved the way for Danny Brough to return to Wakefield Trinity. Frawley, the 23-year-old Australian halfback played under Giants coach Simon Woolford at Canberra Raiders.
Akuila Uate signed a three-year deal with Giants from Manly Sea Eagles which ended a decade-long career in the NRL. Uate has been a prolific scorer in the NRL with 129 tries in 200 appearances. He has represented Australia and helped Fiji reach the World Cup semi-finals in November.
Kane Linnett signed for KR after leaving North Queensland Cowboys at the end of 2019. Linnett played 164 games for Cowboys in seven seasons for the NRL side. Linnett helped Cowboys to victory in the 2015 Grand Final and helped Cowboys beat Leeds Rhinos in the 2016 World Club Challenge.
Tui Lolohea signed for Rhinos from Wests Tigers and has made 71 appearances in the NRL. Lolohea has already featured at the Emerald Headingley Stadium before signing for Rhinos, he played there with New Zealand for Kylie Leuluai’s farewell game. The 23-year-old represented Tonga during the 2017 World Cup reaching the semi-finals before being knocked out by England.
Konrad Hurrell joins up with Rhinos from Gold Coast Titans and will join international team mate Lolohea. The 27-year-old was also in the Tongan side that reached the 2017 World Cup. Hurrell who normally plays centre has scored 55 tries in 116 games for New Zealand Warriors and Titans in the NRL.
Trent Merrin agreed a long-term contract with Dave Furner’s men. The 29-year-old signed from Penrith Panthers, in 2010 Merrin won the NRL title with St George Illawarra Dragons and has also played for New South Wales in the State of Origin series.
Luke Yates announced the one-year signing of Newcastle Knights forward Luke Yates early in December. The 23-year-old has made 25 appearances in the NRL, he will feature for London as they return to Super League after gaining promotion through the Million Pound Game.
Salford Red Devils
Ken Sio returns to Super League with Salford Red Devils after signing a three-year contract with the club, Sio previously played in Super League for Hull KR, he scored 26 tries in 48 games for KR before leaving for Newcastle Knights. Sio’s last game in Super League, coincidentally was against Salford Red Devils in the 2016 Million Pound Game.
Jackson Hastings joined Red Devils to help them survive Super 8s The Qualifiers, every game the Australian played, Red Devils won. His impact off the pitch as well as on it cemented him as a firm fan-favourite. He will return to Salford for 2018 hoping to make another big impact this year.
Kevin Naiqama captained Fiji during the 2017 World Cup, after making his World Cup debut in 2013. The 29-year-old centre scored more than 50 tries in the NRL playing for St George Illawarra Dragons, Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers. Naiqama’s brother Wes, played in the NRL and England for London Broncos.
Joseph Paulo captained United States in the 2013 World Cup and played for Samoa in the 2017 World Cup. The 30-year-old has made more than 160 appearances in the NRL for Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks.
Lachlan Coote joins Naiqama and Paulo as Saints’ third overseas signing of 2019. The Scottish international has big boots to fill as Man Of Steel winner, Ben Barba left the club for North Queensland Cowboys as Coote arrived the opposite way from Cowboys. Coote – who was born in Australia – has made three appearances for Scotland since 2016 and his won the NRL Grand Final in 2015.
Blake Austin was brought in to replace Tyrone Roberts who left the Wire to return to the NRL. Austin has risen the excitement levels in Warrington as they look forward to watching the 27-year-old play for the first time in Super League. Austin joined the Wire from Canberra Raiders after having previously played for Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers. Did you know
Jason Clark has spent nine years playing in the NRL for South Sydney Rabbitohs, before joining Warrington. The versatile forward signed a two-year deal after making 157 appearances for Rabbitohs. Described by Sam Burgess as, “one of the his greatest ever team-mates.”