Brooklyn Kings sign former Samoa international Constantine Mika

Drew Darbyshire

Brooklyn Kings have signed former Samoa international Constantine Mika for the inaugural North American Rugby League season.

The 31-year-old forward has made more than 150 career appearances for Newcastle Knights, Hull KR, Toulouse and Villeneuve.

Mika won one cap for Samoa in 2010 and played for the Exiles two years later whilst he was playing for Hull KR in Super League.

Mika said: “I’m very grateful and thankful to the Kings for this opportunity.

“To allow my family to embark on this journey is once in a lifetime. Rugby league has given me a lot to date, and to now give back and grow the game in the world’s most exciting market of New York City is unreal.”

Brooklyn Kings coach Matt Isherwood said: “It’s a real coup for Brooklyn to attract a player of Con’s caliber.

“Our intent is clear in finding experienced players that buy into our culture while developing and nurturing young American talent. We’re looking forward to seeing Con’s contribution both on and off the field.”

Mika will combine his playing duties along with helping and educating young athletes on the transition from school athletics to professionalism, a role which the club plans to support him with.

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