Featherstone Rovers have won the race to sign highly rated young Australian forward Arama Hau from the Gold Coast Titans until the end of the 2023 campaign. Of Tongan heritage, the 19 year old is tipped as a future star of the NRL and State of Origin and is firmly in Justin Holbrook’s plans for the future at the Gold Coast.
The promising young forward has now said his first words as a Featherstone player commenting on the club’s website: “I’m very keen to get over to Featherstone, to mature myself both as a man and as a footy player. I’m going to be there to play my part in getting Featherstone to the Grand Final. The fans can expect an aggressive Tongan kid from Australia who’s keen to get stuck in.”
Speaking on the signing, Head Coach Sean Long commented; “He’s a big, young, powerful and highly sought after forward who’s been signed up for the future at the Gold Coast Titans. He’s played well for the junior Kangaroos. It show’s where we’re at as a club that’ve managed to beat Super League clubs to his services.”
Two years ago he represented Queensland City at the age of 17 and has been selected in the past to play for the prestigious Australian Schoolboys.
Hau plays his best rugby as an edge forward and has a devastating running game.
He has also been praised for his engine as he works tirelessly to get his side down field and deny his opponents metres however he has what has previously been described as “a dynamo” skillset.
He scored a lovely try against New South Wales in youth level State of Origin last year and is expected to be a real start of the future.
He has also claimed the coveted Langer Trophy in the past.
To put this signing into English sporting terms, it would have been like a Championship side signing Manchester City star Phil Foden during his development years to take them to the Premier League.
The Rovers are already overwhelming favourites for promotion and a win tomorrow, after Toulouse Olympique were stunned by Swinton Lions today, will see them move six points clear at the top.