Gains and Losses for 2019: Easts Tigers

Easts Tigers has added some superb talent to the club's already strong Intrust Super Cup squad, with the aim of going one better in 2019.

Tigers, coached by Scott Sipple, lost to Redcliffe Dolphins 36-22 in the grand final at Suncorp Stadium last year; and despite losing star try-scoring back Linc Port, there is no doubt their gains, coupled with their strong ties to NRL heavyweights Melbourne Storm, will work in their favour this year. 

The key additions to the 2019 squad include Newcastle Knights duo Tom Hughes and Matt Cooper, Sam Lavea from Souths Logan Magpies, Rhys Jacks from Sunshine Coast Falcons and Aaron Booth from Mackay Cutters.

Tom Hughes in action for Newcastle Knights' Intrust Super Premiership team in 2018. PICTURE: NRL Images
Tom Hughes in action for Newcastle Knights' Intrust Super Premiership team in 2018. PICTURE: NRL Images

“These players all bring a wealth of experience from respective NRL clubs, representative sides and other Intrust Super Cup clubs to help boost the current talent in the squad,” coach Scott Sipple told Easts Tigers Media.

“We are excited to see what dynamic they bring to the team.”

GAINS: Tom Hughes, Matt Cooper (Newcastle Knights), Curtis Dansey-Smaller (Tweed Heads Seagulls), Josh Fauid (Redcliffe Dolphins), Sam Foster (Townsville Blackhawks), Rhys Jacks (Sunshine Coast Falcons), Aaron Booth, Bennett Leslie (Mackay Cutters), Sam Lavea, Justin Fai, William Samuel (Souths Logan Magpies), Jack Peoples (Norths Devils)

LOSSES: David Tyrrell (Retired), Linc Port (Souths Logan Magpies), Brayden Torpy (Northern Pride), Conor Carey (Featherstone Rovers), Matt Groat (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Anton Iaria (St Mary’s Penrith), Adam Crear, James Salter (Proserpine Brahmans), Michael Egan (West Brisbane Panthers)

Where they finished in 2018: 5th

Coach for 2019: Scott Sipple