Former Super League forward and international signs for new club

Keighley Cougars have signed former Hull KR forward Constantine Mika for the remainder of the 2021 season.

The Samoa international forward has signed a deal at Cougar Park until the end of the current campaign following a six-year spell across both codes in France.

Head coach Rhys Lovegrove was excited about the signing.

“Con is someone I know pretty well and played with during my own career,” admitted Lovegrove.

“It is a pretty common theme with the sort of people that I want to bring into this organisation, especially at the level of player that Con is, that they have to have a fundamental understanding of who I am as a person and how I coach.

“Obviously Con does having played with me at Hull Kingston Rovers and from a performance perspective on the field, he offers a level of tempo and ability that is rare in League One.

“But he also gives a level of controlled aggression, the ability to run over blokes and stop people defensively in terms of big collisions, that again is rare in terms of our competition.

“And that is the aspect that I’m looking forward to the most is having Con and his physicality on the field to both nurture and add to the culture we are building and developing at this club.

“The systems we have implemented as a coaching team and the culture that the players have brought together means that it is really difficult to recruit players and the right characters to bring into the group.

“And it is hard in terms of people who are determined to get better, work hard, and bond with the group we already have so for a player of Con’s ability to become available and come into the club is really huge.

“So hats off to Mick O’Neill, Ryan O’Neill, and Jake Webster for pulling this signing off.”

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