Judah Rimbu, Rodrick Tai, Sherwin Tanabi and Emmanuel Waine have all been awarded train and trial deals at the Dolphins.
These deals allow players to train at the club in pre-season vying for a spot in the club’s top 30 for the new season.
Former Hull FC star Josh Reynolds has the same kind of contract at Canterbury Bulldogs.
These four have spent time in the Papua New Guinea Hunters side who play in the QLD Cup, while Tai, Tanabi and Waine were all part of the Kumuls side who contested the Rugby League World Cup and really impressed especially Tai.
Their contracts are part of an agreement between the Hunters and the Dolphins.
Hunters CEO Scott Barker said he was excited by the opportunity:
“This is a unique and exciting opportunity for some of our players to get elite level coaching and take their game to the next level,” Barker said in a Dolphins’ club statement.
“We’re extremely thankful to be working so closely with the Dolphins NRL team and hopefully this is the first step to seeing more Papua New Guineans competing in the NRL.”
However, should the Dolphins elect to not give the four full time deals at the end of this train and trial period, it would open the door for Super League and Championship sides to swoop in and sign the quartet.
Leigh Leopards, Catalans Dragons and Salford Red Devils all have quota spots. Meanwhile, the likes of Halifax Panthers and Bradford Bulls have said they are looking for further signings in the Championship.