He may not have been at the Tigers for long, meaning that fans might not have grown accustomed to him but Eddy Pettybourne is on the move again, signing a 2-year deal with English Super League side, the Wigan Warriors.
The deal will start from 2014, with the forward having played in almost 100 first-grade games in the NRL for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and current club, the Wests Tigers.
With representative duties to his name as a Kiwi and hopeful to represent Samoa at this year’s rugby league World Cup, from the perspective of Wigan Chairman Ian Lenagan, the club are excited to have signed the bullocking forward.
“We are delighted to announce the signing of Eddy for 2014 and 2015,” said Lenagan.
“He is a player who we rate extremely highly and is a great acquisition to our playing squad. We have been looking to strengthen in the Forwards with both Lee Mossop and Chris Tuson leaving us at the end of the season and in Eddy, we have signed a quality player who is genuinely excited about playing in Super League with Wigan Warriors.”
With the chance to play overseas, an opportunity that Pettybourne always wanted to explore one day, he felt that now was the right time for him to do so.
“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge with the Wigan Club. I just feel the time is right now as I have always been interested in playing overseas and I feel I have plenty to offer,” said Pettybourne.
“I have spoken to Shaun Wane and have been extremely impressed in what he has had to say. It’s very exciting and I am looking forward to joining Wigan but at the same time I will be focused on doing my very best for the Wests Tigers for the remainder of this season.”
For Wigan coach Shaun Wane, he admits that Pettybourne is a player the club have kept an eye on for some time, with the coach believing that his style of play and overall persona will be one that wins over the fans in no time.
“I would like to take this opportunity to Cialis Online welcome Eddy and his family to the Wigan Warriors,” said Wane.
“He is a player I have admired for many years from his time at South Sydney and presently Wests Tigers. Due to his powerful running style, aggression in defence and his overall desire to compete, I am sure he will become a firm favourite with our fans.
“His personality and age will fit into the Wigan Way, the culture we are building and he will add a great deal to the Club. I personally would like to thank the efforts of my Chairman Ian Lenagan and in particular Kris Radlinski for making this outstanding signing happen.”
Someone who has had the chance to meet Pettybourne and see what he is like, is the Warriors Rugby Manager Kris Radlinski, who recently visited Sydney to meet with the Tigers forward and was impressed.
“Eddy has been on our radar for some time being a favourite of Shaun Wane,” said Radlinski.
“When his representative mentioned his name to me over the Magic Weekend, we knew that we had to go all out to get him. I met him in Sydney last week and I could tell from his body language and by the questions that he was asking, that he was excited at the opportunity. This is a great signing for the Club of a player at the peak of his career.”
With the move all but confirmed, Pettybourne says he has left the Tigers on good terms and thanked them for both the early release and the opportunity to play for them.
â€œItâ€™s an opportunity just too good to pass up,â€ Pettybourne said.
â€œItâ€™s something thatâ€™s always interested me and Iâ€™m looking forward to the challenge. I just reckon the time is right for me.
â€œI will leave Wests Tigers on good terms and appreciate the fact they have allowed me to challenge myself overseas.â€
With the new challenge ahead of him, Tigers coach Mick Potter wished the departing forward all the best.
â€œWe havenâ€™t had the chance to see the best of Eddie due to injuries but I am sure he will be a great asset to Wigan,â€™â€™ Potter said.