Featherstone Rovers have just announced a stunning and shocking signing.
The Rovers have brought in a teenager tipped to play for Queensland and Australia in the future and be a star of the NRL.
Contracted to the Gold Coast Titans for the future and in the plans of former St Helens coach Justin Holbrook at the NRL club, young forward Arama Hau has signed for the Rovers for the rest of the season in hope that he can spearhead their promotion push.
Featherstone Rovers coach Sean Long has now revealed on the club’s website that the Rovers beat Super League clubs to his signature.
He said: “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.