UNDERBANK Rangers have added three new overseas recruits to their squad in a bid to win the 2010 Co-operative Rugby League Conference National title.
Australian duo Nathan Williams and Tom Antony, plus New Zealander Victor Smith, arrived in Holmfirth last week to link up with Rangers, who have a history of importing quality players to the club.
The players are now ready to meet up with their new teammates for the first time as Underbank begin the countdown to the start of their new campaign on April 18.
Rangers are, of course, looking to go one better than last season when they were beaten by Bramley in the Conference National Grand Final at Warrington in October.
And Rangers’ officials will be hoping their new overseas players are the men to make that happen.
The 26-year- old utility player Williams is from Goulburn, and plays for the Workers Bulldogs club as does 22-year-old Antony, who plays half-back or back row.
The 25-year-old front or back rower Smith hails from Auckland and played for the Northcote Tigers club.
The trio are used to tasting success as all three were Grand Final winners in 2009.
Goulburn won the Canberra Raiders Cup in 2009 for the first time in their history and Northcote Tigers won the Shaky Isles’ senior competition, the Fox Premier League.
“All three are quality players and they come highly recommended by our contacts Down Under,” said an Underbank spokesman.
“At their age they have their best rugby league ahead of them and they are hungry to do well in England.
“They have been itching to get over here, start playing and win the competition in 2010.
“They certainly haven’t come here for a holiday”.
The club are also in discussions with two more Australian players and hope to shortly announce the signing of New South Wales-based winger Jeremy Ryan and the Newcastle Knights’ Under 20s star full-back Jacob Jenkinson.
The majority of players from last year’s successful squad are returning for another tilt at the title, plus several other new faces are set to join the squad as the Rangers look to build on last year’s achievements.