OBERON Tigers this week confirmed that Trent Rose will wear the black and gold again in season 2017, but his signing was not the only player news for Group 10 this week.
Rose’s presence will help Oberon’s forward pack in 2017 as the Tigers hunt for a premier league crown, while Orange Hawks have secured of one of the most renowned players in Country Rugby League to captain-coach their premier league side for the next two seasons – incumbent Country Firsts five-eighth Willie Heta.
A former New Zealand Maori and Auckland Vulcans star, Heta is the reigning Newcastle Rugby League players’ player and leading point-scorer after starring in South Newcastle’s 2016 title win.
He also led Albury in all three of the Thunder’s consecutive Group Nine titles between 2012 and 2014, winning the John Hill Medal for man-of-the-match in the grand final in both those individual years.
Hawks finished eighth with just two wins in 2016.