In a sign of looking to bolster their long-term prospects in the NRL, the Parramatta Eels have acquired the services of two talented New Zealand Rugby League youngsters, in Kadince Christensen and Josh Aloiai.
To illustrate the potential that both players have and have portrayed, Christensen was only recently named captain of the 2012 New Zealand Residents U16 side, while Aloiai was named in the starting line-up for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Merit Team.
Christensen was sought after by a few clubs, after playing for Whangarei Boys High, club side Northern Swords and NZ Junior representative sides, with Eels Recruitment Manager Peter Nolan, excited at the prospects of the two NZ-born players.
“Kadince is in the Paul Gallen mould – he’s got a high work rate and is good with and without the ball… he’s just a good all around player,” Eels Recruitment Manager Pete Nolan said today.
“Josh made the NZ schoolboys side as a 17-year old and has a lot of potential. He hasn’t played a lot of footy growing up and we’re confident he’s got the best of it ahead of him.”
Both players will join the Eels in November, for pre-season training.