It is certainly a change and a half, and a decision that would not have been made lightly – but for young Sharks back-rower Haydn Peacock, he felt like a change was necessary, signing with Welsh rugby league side, the South Wales Scorpions for the 2013 season.
Peacock, 21, was a member of the Sharks Toyota Cup side over the last few years before moving into the Sharks NSW Cup side – and with a British passport to his name, his signing for the Scorpions will not count towards their overseas signings quota.
Predominantly a back-rower, the Yarrawarrah Tigers junior is excited about the move and the challenge that it will bring, and looks forward to the culture, as well as meeting his new team-mates.
“Signing with the Scorpions for 2013 and moving to Wales leaves me with mixed emotions. Both nervous and extremely e
xcited. It's a great opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of a new and different competition. I can't wait to get over to meet the boys and kick the season off,” said Peacock.
With a current mix of experienced Welsh players and some overseas players, Scorpions coach Dave Clark is excited at what Peacock can bring to the table, and looks forward to seeing him in action.
We're delighted that Haydn has agreed to join the Scorpions for 2013. He is a versatile player who can turn out in a number of positions and is certain to strengthen the side as we aim for a strong season,” Clark said.
“We're delighted that we are able to bring some experienced young players to the club to complement the talent that we have here in South Wales. We start training next month and it looks like that we will have a strong and enthusiastic bunch who will be ready to go.”