Halifax Panthers announce the signing of World Cup star

Halifax Panthers have announced the signing of Italy International Jake Maizen on a one year deal until the end of the 2023 Betfred Championship season.

The 25 year old three quarter, who can play as a centre or winger, joins the Panthers from Queensland Cup side Sunshine Coast Falcons in Australia.

He made his international debut during the Rugby League World Cup this Autumn, scoring a superb hattrick against Scotland in a 28-4 win before grabbing the only score in defeat to Fiji for a total of four World Cup tries in 3 appearances.

And his impressive displays on the world stage didn’t go unnoticed by scouts in the Northern Hemisphere.

Speaking after arriving at his new home ground for the first time, Maizen was delighted to take in the surroundings of The Shay.

“I’m stoked to be here at Halifax”, said Maizen. “I can’t wait to rip in with the boys and I’m excited as. It’s the first time I’ve been to The Shay, it’s nice, it’s big and it’s cold (laughs). But yeah, I’ve seen and heard stories about how crazy the fans are here and I can’t wait to experience it.”

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