As they undergo somewhat of a player overhaul in an attempt to revamp their roster, English Championship side Barrow Raiders have kick-started signings with an Italian forward, signing Alec Susino.
Susino, who was a Cronulla Sharks junior, has most recently been playing for Mounties RLFC across numerous grades in the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) competitions.
Barrow made it to the championship after a play-off win against Whitehaven in the League 1 championship.
Following their tense finish to the season, Barrow coach Paul Crarey is pleased to have secured the signature of Susino.
“We have actually signed a player that is in the World Cup,” said Crarey. “He has played all his junior football for Cronulla Sharks. He is an exciting young fellow with massive potential.
“He has played all his junior football for Cronulla Sharks. He is an exciting young fellow with massive potential.
“He is now playing for Mounties, which is a feeder team for Canberra Raiders.”
Crarey went on to praise Susino’s size, tackling prowess and motor as assets that will prove valuable for the club.
“He is a very exciting young player, very passionate, he is a big unit and can play,” continued Crarey.
“He can run hard and tackle hard, and he has a great passing game, which is something we need when we go up a level, and he can play big minutes as well.”
In the end, a personal connection with Susino’s agent aided the deal taking place despite interest from other Championship clubs and Crarey is just pleased to have the forward on board.
“He has had a couple of offers from other Championship clubs but his agent is a good friend of mine – he has played Super League and I have coached him – and that has probably got it over the line,” said Crarey.