Lo joins Tumbe


PAPUA New Guinea Kumul and former Castleford Tiger Garry Lo has joined Waghi Tumbe for the upcoming Digicel Cup season.
The former SP PNG Hunters winger told The National yesterday that he was excited to return to his local team.
Lo returned to the country in February after the cancellation of his contract with Australian third-tier club, Beerwah Bulldogs, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“My short-term goal with Tumbe is to help them make the grand final this year and hopefully win the Digicel Cup,” he said.
“They have been to consecutive semifinals in 2018 and 2019 but they didn’t make the grand final.
“Last year, they fell short and didn’t make the finals.
“We just want to go one step further from where we finished in previous seasons.”
Lo said he was looking forward to play under newly-appointed coach and former SP Hunter Baundo Aba.
“Baundo is young and his appointment is great,” the 29-year-old said.
“I think the players will get along with him easily.
“He may be inexperienced as a coach, but we will help each other and I am confident we will do well this year.”
Meanwhile, Lo – who played five tests for Papua New Guinea and scored four tries so far – said he was confident that he could still make the Kumuls’ World Cup squad despite playing in the Digicel Cup.
“I’ve already spoken to (Kumuls coach) Michael Marum and he told me that he would look at few a players in the Digicel Cup,” he said.
“He just told me to maintain my form and put in impressive performances.
“If I can do that then I’ll give myself every opportunity to make the World Cup.”