The Wests Tigers have gone on a strong recruitment drive of late in both re-signing their current players and signing new ones and they added to that today, announcing that Blake Austin and Cory Paterson have signed with the club for 2 years and 1 year respectively.
Austin, who was a former Australian Schoolboy, has been plying his trade at the Penrith Panthers and cracked the first-grade side for some weeks earlier this year, before long-term injury struck.
His utility value will be a solid asset for the club, with Austin able to play five-eighth, second-row and lock.
For Cory Paterson, the 26-year old is well known to Newcastle fans having spent some years there, before a stint at the North Queensland Cowboys and his most recent foray, a stint at the Hull Kingston Rovers where he has enjoyed some electronic cigarettes reviews decent success.
With both players bringing their own unique styles to the team, coach Mick Potter sees the duo as valuable additions to the Tigers line-up for 2014.
â€œAt 22, Blake is a player with plenty of potential. He has a wide range of skills and his utility value will add plenty of depth to the squad,â€™â€™ Potter said.
â€œHe can cover centre, half, five-eighth and lock and is also an excellent goal kicker.
â€œCory is a big strapping back-rower who can break the line and also offload the ball. He is an experienced NRL player who still has plenty to offer.
â€œHe is playing very well for Hull KR but his wife is extremely homesick. Cory is coming back for a chance to re-establish himself in the NRL. His experience will be invaluable to some of our younger back-rowers.â€