Hull KR have signed Australian centre Tom Opacic from NRL side Parramatta Eels on a two-year deal from 2023.
The 27-year-old has scored 24 tries in 76 NRL appearances for Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels.
Opacic said: “I’m really excited to head over to Super League. Hopefully I can finish on a high with the Eels then make my way over.
“I was looking at a few different options here in the NRL then Willie (Peters) made contact and really sold it. He wants to do something special at Hull KR and I took what he said on board.
“Willie gave me a bit of insight into coming over with him living over here before. I’ve been over twice with Brisbane Broncos for the World Club Challenge and enjoyed it when I came over, so it was a pretty easy decision in the end. I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve heard the fanbase is crazy and they love it, so I’m looking forward to that. I have a mate in Queensland that grew up in Hull so he was telling me all about the Hull Derby and the rivalry, I can’t wait to get involved.
“It looks like they really rip into each other that’s for sure (in Super League). It looks like a tough physical game with some really skilful players. I’m only 27 years-old. It’s not like I’m winding down my career. I’m coming over to do a job and I want to win the comp.”
Willie Peters delighted to secure services of Tom Opacic
Opacic, who is of Serbian heritage, is Hull KR’s third signing from the NRL for 2023 – following the announcements of forwards Sauaso Sue and Rhys Kennedy.
Incoming Robins head coach Willie Peters said: “I’m excited to get Tom over. Tom’s toughness and his effort are two of his biggest strengths. You know what you’re going to get with him every week, especially in the effort areas and the tough parts of the game.
“Tom is known as a very good defender in the NRL, and I have no doubt he will bring that to Hull KR next season. He’s excited to come over. Tom had options to stay in the NRL and I believe we are getting a quality centre with his best years ahead of him.
“It’s a big move for Tom and his family but they’ll have the time of their lives with what we’re trying to do at Hull KR, along with the fans’ support, the club has a real opportunity to go to that next level in 2023.”