Many clubs like Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC, Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants have been busy with recruitment especially when it comes to signing players from down under.
The likes of Matt Frawley, Lachie Miller, Kruise Leeming, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Herman Ese’ese, Nixon Putt and Thomas Deakin are all Super League bound from down under and now another player is headed this way.
This is of course Nixon Putt who is headed to Castleford Tigers.
Born in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, Putt is moving from the Central Queensland Capras who ply their trade in the Hotsplus Cup in Australia. The Capras are now the feeder team of the Dolphins in the NRL. Prior to joining Central Queensland, Putt played for the North Devils, the same club that Liam Horne arrived in West Yorkshire from.
Putt has featured heavily on the international stage in the last three years, featuring at the World Cup in England last year. He scored two tries and earned Man of the Match in PNG’s final group match against Wales, which they won 36-0.
Nixon will be moving over to Yorkshire with his family and spoke of his delight that the deal has been done and is looking forward to making the move to WF10.
“I’m really excited because it’s like my dream come true. I’ve been playing in the Hostplus Cup and the Intrust Supercup for the past 7 years, but I have not had any call-ups for NRL pre-season training and trials. I’ve been playing a lot of test matches for Papua New Guinea and the last time I represented them in the Rugby League World Cup it was in England. When we played against Wales I got the player of the match, played 60 minutes, and scored 2 tries”.
“I’ve been playing here 7 years here ready but I’m looking forward to facing a new challenge, and meet new people.”
“It’s going to be good to go and see a different side of the world, it’s good for my partner and my baby to come over too, it’ll be a big family move and we can’t wait to come over”.
“I think Second Row is the best position I’ve played in for the past 5 years. Sometimes in the game, if the centre gets injured I can be pushed to centre but I prefer Second Row. I just go and do my job as a second row, be the best teammate and the best on the field for myself, the fans and everyone.”
“I’m really keen to introduce myself to the Cas fans. I’ll play my footy and my footy will tell the fans how I play and with their support.”