Digicel Cup champs Tigers recruit PNG Kumuls flyer
SOUTH Sydney have confirmed the release of Papua New Guinea Kumuls speedster Edene Gebbie who has joined defending champions Lae Tigers for the Digicel Cup season which kicks off on Saturday.
“Edene has been released from his National Rugby League (NRL) contract with the Rabbitohs to return to PNG,” Rabbitohs media and communication manager Jeremy Monahan told The National yesterday.
“With the Covid-19 restrictions, we were only able to accommodate 32 players in our squad and we had 34 on our roster.
“It was jointly decided that Edene would head back to PNG so we released him from his contract.”
Franchise owner Ian Chow said the former SP Hunters and Wynnum Manly fullback, who joined the Rabbitohs on a two-year deal this year, would make his Tigers debut in their round-two clash with the Central Dabaris at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby next Saturday.
“Right now, the NRL is the only rugby league competition played in Australia and most of the fringe players have nowhere to go to keep fit because of the pandemic,” he said.
“Gebbie is fortunate that by this weekend, the Digicel Cup will be the only rugby league competition afoot in the world, apart from the NRL.
“It’s great that he has joined us.
“He brings a lot of experience and class to the team and he will be a big boost for us in our quest to retain the title.
“He will not be playing this week because he was struck down with dengue fever for three days last week and he is still recovering, however, he will definitely play in round two.”
Chow said Edwin Ipape, who had a stint with Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the Canterbury Cup New South Wales Cup, would also add quality to the team.
“Ipape will also be exciting to watch,” he said.
“With the likes of Gebbie, Ipape and our SP Hunters recruits, we are set for our Digicel Cup campaign.”