For any young player, you go where there is opportunity and the chance to play first-grade – the ultimate goal – so for Wests Tigers NYC lock Brenden Santi, it was a decision that he felt was best for his career, as he moves from the Tigers to the Parramatta Eels on a 2-year deal.
Santi, who was a part of the Tigers 2012 premiership winning side, is a talented back-rower and lock forward who is adept at playing 80 minutes and can produce big numbers in both defence and attack during that time.
With the club moving towards a largely youthful approach when it comes to their signings and development, the club and Eels coach Ricky Stuart especially, are pleased to have signed Santi.
â€œBrenden ticks a lot of boxes in regards to the type of player we want to build our club around – no nonsense and tough with a high work rate free trial for electronic cigarettes,” Stuart said.
“Alongside players like Kelepi Tanginoa, Peni Terepo and Junior Paulo we are putting together a group of young forwards that this club can look to long-term.â€
At just 19 years of age, Santi already has several rep honours to his name, having been selected captain in the 2011 Australian Schoolboys side and for the NSW U20’s Origin side, in which he was named as the Player’s Player for NSW.
With the club aiming for the future and shoring up young talent, this is the exact direction the club want to go in.
â€œThis is a great win for our club. Brenden Santi represents the next generation of young forwards coming through, his junior representative CV is proof of that,” said Pirtek Parramatta Eels Interim CEO Matt Phelan.
“This is about planning for the future, and securing the services of players like Santi and Nathan Peats is central to that.â€