PNG stars commit to Hunslet

James Gordon

Hunslet have started plans for 2010 by retaining their three Papua New Guinean internationals and two more first-teamers.

Michael Mark, Charlie Wabo and Nico Slain all put pen to paper on new one year deals and will return to the South Leeds Stadium after taking part in their international trials in October.

Director of Rugby Darren Williams said “It’s great news that the trio will return to the Hawks next season, they have brought a different culture to the club and fans, team members and sponsors have bought into the concept they bring to the club.”

Williams added: “Michael Mark has been an outstanding success and has proved to be a real cult hero with the supporters, Nico and Charlie have both suffered frustrating season’s with various injuries but will both return fit and raring to go and I am sure we will see their real qualities as they now know what to expect when they return for their 2nd season with the club.”

Nico Slain said “I owe this club my life and I will return fit next season with a desire in my heart to repay the faith the club has shown in getting me over this injury, this is a good club with good people behind it and I aim to come back to the UK because I have some unfinished business to let the Hawks supporters see the real Nico Slain playing in the famous Myrtle & Flame shirt.”

The club have also announced the retention of full back Nathan Larvin and Scott Childs, also on one-year deals.

Williams added: “I am delighted that both Nathan and Scott have decided to extend their stay with the Hawks for a further season, both are integral parts of our squad and are good people to have at the club.”

The Hawks have also signed centre or back-rower Nathan Goodman from local amateur side Parkside Hawks. Goodman previously played for Wakefield.