With the Newcastle Knights and Jake Mamo mutually agreeing to part ways from the final year of his contract, the utility back has signed with the Huddersfield Giants.
Having previously played under Rick Stone, Mamo heads to somewhat familiar territory.
Making his NRL debut in 2014, he has since gone on to play in 29 NRL games, as the club thanked him for his contributions.
“Jake should be proud of what he has achieved at the Club and we thank him for his contribution,” coach Nathan Brown said.
“Jake has our very best wishes for the future.”
Whilst his visa is being arranged, Mamo will continue to train with the Knights. Looking forward to the opportunity ahead, Mamo will miss playing for the club that he grew up supporting.
“Thank you to all the fans and everyone that has supported me, and to the Knights for the opportunity,” Mamo said.
“While I am going to miss playing for the Club I grew up supporting, I am excited for the opportunity to play and live overseas.”
Stone is familiar with Mamo’s ability and is confident that Mamo can provide entertainment for the fans.
“I have worked with Jake for the last few years and I know what he is about and to have him coming to the Giants for the next few years is a great boost,” said Stone.
“Jake is an explosive quality, who brings plenty to the table offensively.
He’s courageous, fit and really quick. I’m sure the crowd are going to really enjoy watching him play and hopefully, he will score plenty of tries for the Giants in the next couple of years.”
Stone went on to say that he believes Mamo can become a crucial part of the Giants setup over the couple of years that he is there.
“Jake’s just finishing three years of first grade experience with the Newcastle Knights, he’s one of the real upcoming players in the NRL and as we have all seen on a couple of highlights footage, Jake can do some really spectacular things,” added Stone.
“I’m sure first of all that he is going to enjoy his time in Huddersfield and become a really valuable member of our team and hopefully lift us up the table in 2017.”
The opportunity is one that Mamo looks forward to, in what will be his first time away from home.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Giants,” Mamo said.
“It’s a new experience for me coming over to England, as I have only ever lived at home, but I’m excited by the opportunity and can’t wait to get started.
Working with Stone will be a boost for Mamo, who has formed a solid relationship with the now Giants coach.
“The move has been in the works for a while now, so it’s a relief to have it sorted,” the utility back said.
“I’ve known Rick since I was 18 and have been coached by him before and we’ve always got on well, so it’s good to join back up with him.
With the fullback position up for grabs, Mamo is confident that he can make it his own once he has recovered from his injury.
“I feel like I’m ready for a new challenge in my career and I think coming over to England will be good for me,” He added.
“I’m injured at the moment but once I’m fit and back in training, I’m keen to cement that full-back position as my own.”