Pictured: 2015 squad members at PNG Hunters training.
PNG Hunters have re-signed 15 of the 22 contracted players who finished the 2014 season in the Intrust Super Cup.
The new squad will be extended to a maximum of 28 full-time players for their 2015 campaign in Queensland’s premier competition.
A confirmed addition is Kata Otio, a talented 108kg winger/centre who has represented PNG in men’s volleyball.
Otio and his new teammates entered full-time camp on November 22 and have been training twice daily, working through an extensive gym and fitness testing program.
Twelve players are currently trialling for full-time positions, including 2013 Kumuls World Cup squad members Ase Boas (halfback) and Enock Maki (prop).
Gains: Kato Otio (Dobo Warriors)
Losses: Garry Lo, Jason Tali (Gateshead Thunder UK), Albert Patak, David Loko, Noel Joel, Biuku Emere (Released), Joe Bruno (Hunters coaching staff)
Trialling: George Benson, Esau Siune (Hunters), Henry Wan, Warren Glare, Atte Bina Wabo (Lae Snax Tigers), Enock Maki, Stargoth Amen, Bland Abavu (Port Moresby Vipers), David Lapua (Hela Wigmen), Ase Boas (Agmark Gurias), JayJay Garison (Paga Panthers), Philemon Kimisive (Goroka Didiman).
Coach: Michael Marum
Home Ground: Kalabond Oval, Kokopo
2014 Finish: Sixth (14 Wins, 1 Draw, 9 Losses)