Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have bolstered their pack with the signing of Australian Scott Anderson.
The 27-year-old former Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos prop will join Trinity on a one-year deal subject to a successful visa application.
Anderson will arrive at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium with more than 70 first grade games to his name in a career that saw him feature in two Grand Finals for the Storm, including the win over Parramatta Eels in 2009.
He notched up his 50th game for Brisbane Broncos in 2013 and is now looking forward to testing himself on the other side of the world.
He said: “I’m really excited. It’s a new challenge for me and a big challenge to come over to Super League.
“I know there have been a lot of players that have come over and been successful so hopefully I can be too.
“I spoke with Ben Cross and he said he loved every minute of playing over there.
“From what he said and from what I’ve seen it’s different to the NRL in that it’s a lot more of an attacking game.
“I was at Melbourne, who probably started the idea of a wrestle as a big part of defence, so I’m looking forward to getting over and using some of the skills I haven’t used since I was younger, like off-loading and things like that.”
In an eight-year NRL career, Anderson has never crossed the tryline for either the Storm or Broncos.
He says the Wildcats supporters can expect a hard-working forward who is relishing the challenge of being part of a club already being written off as basement dwellers.
He said: “I’d probably say my work rate is my main attribute, doing the hard yards and the little things in the game.
“Anyone that has seen my try-scoring record will see I’ve never scored in the NRL so I’m not one for all the fancy stuff.
“I’ve picked up a lot of experience from two good clubs in Melbourne and Brisbane so hopefully I can bring some of that over to Wakefield.
“It’s probably going to be a fairly young squad so I’ll be one of the elder statesmen and can help some of the guys out with my experience.”
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