Ask any Canterbury Bulldogs fans just how talented John Sila is and they will talk about him for quite some time.
That will not be the case any more, with the exciting prospect signing with the Wests Tigers for the rest of the 2014 season and for the 2015 season.
Sila, a talented utility back that has come through the Dogs ranks, is a powerful, robust and speedy winger that breaks tackles for fun.
To illustrate just how good he can be, the 2013 Holden Cup season saw him score 23 tries in just 11 games, with a total of 42 tries in 33 total Holden Cup games.
For the man himself, it was all about opportunity and with some depth wing spots opening up at the Tigers, it was a perfect chance for him to push for a spot.
â€œItâ€™s a really exciting opportunity for me to join Wests Tigers,â€ Sila said.
â€œI already know a few of the guys here like Marty Taupau so Iâ€™m fitting in comfortably. I still have a lot to work on to get to where I want to be but the dream is to obviously one day play NRL.
Training hard is the key and Sila knows that in order to play first-grade, it is important he gets stuck in and works hard on his game.
â€œI have to keep on training hard and hopefully one day I will get a crack at first grade,â€ he said.
â€œI was in need of a fresh start and Iâ€™m ready for a new challenge.”
“I thought the best place for me was here at the Wests Tigers and Iâ€™m really looking forward to making the most of this opportunity.â€
The club are excited to have Sila on board and plan to utilise his power and robust nature to put fear into the opposition.
â€œJohn is a big, powerful winger who will certainly add depth to the squad,â€ McDonnell said. â€œHe has come over from Canterbury looking for an opportunity and is a prolific try-scorer.
â€œThe big chance for John will be when he trains full-time with the NRL squad in the upcoming pre-season.â€