Souths Logan add strike power to roster

Souths Logan Magpies are looking for a big season in 2019, with the club recruiting some key strike power in the form of noted Intrust Super Cup flyer Linc Port.

Port joins the Magpies after spending the past two seasons with Melbourne Storm feeder club and 2018 grand finalists Easts Tigers.

The former Easts flyer is a prolific try-scorer in the Intrust Super Cup, having scored 31 tries during his past two seasons. 

The 27-year-old said the lure of playing with mates and his cousin Josh Bowen Boyer drew him to the Magpies. 

“The coaching staff here are very professional and Souths Logan is a proud club with a rich history," Port said. 

Port is a versatile outside back; he featured for Easts at fullback, wing and centre, and has ambitions to lock down the fullback jersey at Souths Logan in 2019.

Linc Port and Gerome Burns. Photo: QRL Media
Linc Port and Gerome Burns. Photo: QRL Media

“Before coming to Easts, I had predominately played fullback and have done so for much of my career,” Port said.

“Obviously there was a re-shuffle with the likes of (Scott) Drinkwater and other high calibre Storm players competing for that fullback spot at Tigers.

“I had to take a bit of a back seat, but I was happy to do so for the benefit of the team.

“When it’s my time to put my hand up and play fullback, I’m ready to rock and roll.

"This year we’ve obviously got a few options for fullback... I'm just putting my best foot forward and if I get picked there, I’ll be very happy.”

But, Port said, if he was on the wing he would "still give the same amount of energy and focus to my role”. 

“I just want be around the ball as much as possible regardless of my position," Port said. 

Souths Logan have also added some further strike power to their roster with the  inclusions of experienced campaigner Alex Bishop, try-scoring ace Matt Soper-Lawler and former Brisbane Broncos under 20s live wire Gerome Burns.

The Cairns product said he was excited about the opportunity to link up with Souths' new recruits in 2019, adding he was also looking forward to linking up with talented play-makers Guy Hamilton and Tanah Boyd.

“It was crazy how fast we gelled over the first couple of weeks,” Port said.

“Working on combinations and the mateship between the boys has made joining the club a lot easier."

Port credits his success to his ability to learn off experienced players who have been in and around the NRL system.

Linc Port scores for Easts Tigers in 2018 finals series. Photo: QRL Media
Linc Port scores for Easts Tigers in 2018 finals series. Photo: QRL Media

“We had a lot of NRL experience at Easts last year and having those players around the club was a real positive” Port said.

“Last year I learnt a lot about self-composure. 

“I took a lot out of the finals series... pressure was on us to win a few late games at the back end of the season. 

“How everyone prepared and how our older players stepped up was inspiring. 

“I want to be able to do that for our younger players here at Souths and act as a leader this year."

Port said last year’s grand final loss to Redcliffe Dolphins had motivated him to be better in 2019.

“My main goal for the 2019 season is to be consistent and enjoy my moments,” Port said.

“I want play finals with Souths Logan... last year was the one that got away, so I want be able to get back to that."