Continuing their recent acquisition of English players, the Canberra Raiders will have a third one in their ranks, with St Helens utility Jordan Turner to join the club.
Turner, 27, is a versatile player and will become the third Englishman at the club after Elliott Whitehead and Josh Hodgson.
Australia itself is no stranger to Turner, with his mother being Australia. For the proud Englishman, the chance to learn more about the country and play in the NRL was an attractive lure.
“It’s been a long standing dream of mine to play in the NRL. When Sia was at St Helens we got along really well,” said Turner.
I spoke to him about Canberra and the team. He was very helpful in making my decision.”
“I’ve been watching the Raiders closely this year because of the move. I know it’s going to be quite tough for me to break into the team. The centres are pushing for Origin, the backrow is great and the halves are going really well.”
Turner came for the opportunity and is pleased to play wherever he is needed.
“I can pretty much play anywhere,” Turner added.
“I’m just going to train hard and make the most of my chance when I get to Canberra.”
With the Raiders solid track record of players jumping ship to the NRL effectively, Raiders Recrutiment and High Performance Manager Peter Mulholland believes that Turner can have the same effect.
â€œJordan is an extremely talented and experienced player who joins us for two years from 2017,” said Mulholland.
“He has previously played alongside Sia Soliola at St Helens to win a premiership in 2014.”
“Weâ€™re hoping Jordan can continue the Raiders successful recruitment from England and can join the likes of Sia, Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead in making the transition to the NRL.
â€œThe Raiders would like to wish Jordan all the best for the remainder of the season with Saints and look forward to him joining the club for the beginning of the 2017 pre-season.â€