Yesterday saw the confirmation that two exciting Antipodeans would be heading to Super League from Down Under for the 2019 season and beyond.
Warrington Wolves – who recently revealed that Tyrone Roberts would be returning home at the end of 2019, citing homesickness – have moved fast to recruit a suitable replacement for the former Gold Coast Titans half back. Canberra’s Blake Austin has penned a three year contract with the Wolves as a marquee player and is sure to be one of those players who will excite fans. A winner of the Dally M five-eighth of the year in 2015, the 27-year-old has made over 100 NRL appearances and, while he was dropped to reserve grade rugby earlier this year, is viewed as an incredibly skilful pivot.
Of his new acquisition, Wire head coach Steve Price was understandably delighted. “He has an outstanding running game and is always a threat with the ball in his hand. He’s a big body so hard to handle with electric footwork. I feel he is going to be a quality signing for our club and I’m excited to be able to work with Blake next year,” he expressed.
Another man set for a Super League move is Tongan RLWC star Tui Lolohea who is set to join reigning champions Leeds Rhinos. Despite having one year remaining on his current Wests Tigers contract, the 23-year-old was granted an early release after falling out of favour as the season progressed. Indeed, he started the season as first choice full-back for the club before Corey Thompson usurped him in that position. The struggling Rhinos look to have recruited the Auckland-born star to play in the halves, something which would see him join as a direct replacement for Joel Moon, the former Salford centre believed to be heading to the NRL at the end of this season.