In a clear sign that they mean business for the 2015 season, the Mackay Cutters have pulled off a signing coup, with both Steve Rapira and Michael Sio to join the club.
Steve Rapira is a former New Zealand Warriors and Salford Devils forward, with the prop/back-rower playing in 57 NRL games throughout his career despite some setbacks.
The Cutters are no strangers to Rapira, with the forward playing for them during his stint with the North Queensland Cowboys.
As a veteran, the club is looking to Rapira to lead the younger players at the club around.
The other signing is also a former New Zealand Warrior, with Samoan hooker Michael Sio joining the Cutters. Still only young, he has represented Samoa five times, most recently at the Rugby League World Cup.
The move is a chance for Sio to cement an NRL spot moving forward and for the club themselves, the signing of the duo has them chomping at the bit to start.
â€œI couldnâ€™t have wished for two better players to choose our club to continue their careers,” said Mackay Cutters coach, Kim Williams.
“Steve is an outstanding player who will add quality and experience to our young group and Michael is an up-and-coming future star who has chosen us over a host of NRL clubs who were chasing his signature.
We are delighted to have them on board and we expect them to make an immediate impact within our club when they arrive next week.â€