The Robins have added to their options in the outside backs by signing former North Queensland Cowboy Wayne Ulugia on a contract until the end of the 2015 season.
The Auckland-born 21-year-old can play at centre, wing or fullback and will add genuine pace to the red and whites’ back division. Ulugia spent seven years with the Cowboys and broke into the first-grade side towards the end of last season when he rattled up six tries in four appearances, including a hat-trick against Wests Tigers.
However, the Townsville club parted company with him just before the start of the current campaign for disciplinary reasons. Now, having been handed a career lifeline by the Robins, Ulugia is keen to put the past behind him and concentrate on forging a bright future for himself.
“I made a few rookie errors and that taught me a lot about life and football,” he said. “I’ve come over to Hull KR as I was told by good friends that it’s a good family club with a close bunch of players. It’s a fresh start for me and I feel that I have a lot to give to the game. The plan is to do that at Hull KR and myself and my family are really looking forward to being happy over here.
“I’ve watched a few games and to tell you the truth, I don’t think there is a lot of difference between the NRL and Super League. People back in Australia say that the competition over here isn’t up to the standard of the NRL but I disagree. I think it’s pretty similar and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to experience Super League footy.”
Meanwhile, Robins’ Head Coach Craig Sandercock believes that Ulugia will prove to be a great asset to the squad.
“Wayne is a player who I’ve watched coming through the ranks at North Queensland Cowboys,” he said. “He’s also played for the junior Kiwis and is a good, young talent with a lot of potential whom I’m looking forward to working with. We believe he’ll be an asset to our squad going forward and are delighted to have him on board.”