The Mendi Blackhawks announced the signing of former Cronulla Sharks, Junior Kangaroo and Queensland Under 20 player Jordan Drew last week and he made an immediate impact at the weekend, scoring two tries in his club debut.
Before the game, Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf (who has coached Drew previously at the Brisbane Broncos) said he was looking forward to the 22-year-old because of the physicality he could bring to the team.
“Jordan is a very strong runner and defender,” Woolf said.
“He is very physical and has a real toughness about him, I am really looking forward to him bringing those components to us.”
Selected for the NSW Residents earlier this season, Drew has been one of their most consistent players in the NSW Cup competition for the past two years, and this year played against his new Blackhawks team-mates Kyle Laybutt and Blake Leary in that game.
Born in Brisbane, Drew made his NRL debut for the Broncos at only 18 years of age, scoring a try on debut.
Named in the 2015 Holden Cup Team of the Year, Drew said he is looking forward to playing in North Queensland, at the Cowboys feeder club.
“The last couple of day’s have been pretty hectic,” Drew said after his signing was released to media.
“Once I spoke to Woolfy (coach Kristian Woolf), I knew it was time for a change.
“I am really looking forward to a new challenge and playing at a club that has been successful on and off the field.
“At this stage of my career, I just want to do a really good job for the Mendi Blackhawks and hopefully win a championship at the end of year.”