Continuing the recent trend of Kiwi-born players returning home to New Zealand, Gerard Beale is the latest to do so after signing a 3-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors.
Joining fellow Kiwis Tohu Harris and Leivaha Pulu ahead of the 2018 season, Beale will provide some interesting headaches for the Stephen Kearney coached Warriors.
“While there has been a lot of discussion about Gerard coming to the club, we weren’t in a position to make an announcement until his contract had been officially signed by both parties,” said Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George.
“Now the formalities have been completed, we’re delighted to have him included in our 2018 squad. He was a premiership winner with Cronulla last year and brings exceptional NRL and international experience.”
Beale’s versatility is a strength to any roster and Kearney believes that the Kiwi international will bring some much-needed experience to their backline.
“Gerard is professional in all he does and has a wonderful attitude,” he said.
“The way he has overcome adversity with injuries earlier in his career shows the sort of character he has. He’s going to be a great addition to our squad with his ability to play in all the positions in the outside backs.”