Wynnum Manly Seagulls have announced the signature of Brisbane Broncos and Souths Logan Magpies half Sam Scarlett as one of their key additions for season 2019.
Scarlett has played 59 Intrust Super Cup games so far and has been one of the competition's leading halves, registering 10 tries, 13 line breaks and 10 try assists in 2018.
Seagulls head coach Adam Brideson said Scarlett was an important signing for the club.
“Sam is a proven player in the Intrust Super Cup who provides us with a high-quality half for next season," Brideson said.
"The retirement of Michael Dobson made it important that we recruit a half and we are excited to bring Sam to BMD Kougari Oval.
"He is a leader and a competitor, and I look forward to him joining our club.”
Wynnum Manly also recently announced the signing of New Zealand Warriors trio Matiu Love-Henry, Junior Pauga and Patrick Sipley.
All three players were members of the Warriors full-time squad this season. Love-Henry is no stranger to the Intrust Super Cup competition; having featured for the Norths Devils in 2017.
Seagulls CEO Hanan Laban said his club were "delighted" to welcome the three players.
“It is a very positive sign that these three young NRL aspiring players have chosen Wynnum Manly to further their careers," Laban said.
"Each of these players will bring hunger and desire every day they come to work to improve their personal development and that of the team.
"Importantly, they are all good young men who will make a positive contribution to our club and the local community.”
In a busy period for signings; the club also announced that Salesi Funaki, Matt Groat and Moses Pangai would be at the club in 2019, with Funaki and Pangai having been members of the Brisbane Broncos NRL squad in 2018.
Funaki has played his past three seasons with the Seagulls, whereas Pangai joins the club after spending the past two seasons with 2018 Intrust Super Cup premiers Redcliffe Dolphins. Experienced forward Groat has moved across from Easts Tigers.
Laban said the trio are strong additions to the club.
“All three players are good men who are coming to work hard and help our football side be successful next season.
"They are impressive athletes with great size, which is an asset in the modern game, and we are fortunate to have them at Wynnum Manly.”
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