Waine excited to be a Hunter

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By ROBINSON LEKA
SP Hunters rookie Emmanuel Waine says he is excited to be part of the Intrust Super Cup (ISC) side following a strong Digicel Cup season with last year’s grand finalists Hela Wigmen.
Waine, from Jiwaka, said he was warming up to pre-season training and was ready to play for the 2019 ISC champions this season.
“So far, my preparations have been good,” the 23-year-old said.
“I’m doing well at training and just making sure that I avoid injuries during the pre-season.
“I’ve learnt a lot of things under the new coach, especially in defence.
“If given the opportunity, I am looking forward to playing alongside players like Enoch Maki, Junior Rop and Stanton Albert.”
The forward was a standout performer for the Kroton-backed Wigmen in last year’s playoffs, which saw them go through to the grand final against eventual champions Lae Snax Tigers.
Waine was selected for the Hunters train-on squad in 2018 but he did not make the final cut.
But he has bounced back to secure a spot in this year’s roster with the absence of Dilbert Isaac, Moses Meninga and McKenzie Yei.
“I was selected for pre-season training with the Hunters two years ago and it was an eye-opener for me,” Waine said.
“I’ve learnt a lot of things from older players Enoch, Stanton and Ila (Alu).
“I’m looking forward to the new season. I play in the second row but I’m capable of slotting into the centres.
“Whichever position that I’m assigned, I’m prepared to play well.”

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