York bring in Aussie halfback

York have confirmed the signing of Australian halfback Brendan O’Hagan for 2021, subject to RFL clearance.

The 21-year-old has spent time with three NRL clubs, starting out in Newcastle Knights’ academy before going on to be part of the first team at Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers.

He has also represented New South Wales in State of Origin at under-16s, 18s and 20s level, and will pair with fellow new signing Morgan Smith in the Knights’ halves next season.

“I’ve been speaking to John Bateman a fair bit, as we were teammates at Canberra Raiders,” O’Hagan said. “Trying to get what it’s like over there and he had some great things to say about the place of York and the club as well so he helped me make the decision.

“I’m pumped to get over there, start ripping in and get ready to win a comp over there. I heard great things and obviously the new facilities we have at York are awesome.

“The club’s got a real professional feel and it looks like it’s going to be a good year.”

York head coach James Ford added: “I’m looking forward to working with Brendan, and I’m excited to see what he can bring to our group. His pedigree is first rate and from the footage I’ve seen I’m very confident he’ll be a key player in our team.

“He is clearly a running threat, works very hard off the ball, and has been around some elite coaches and environments, but I was mostly drawn to Brendan’s hunger to continue improving and his drive to be the best version of himself.”

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