Tassell said this after this week’s announcement that three Hunters players (Wartovo Puara, Thompson Teteh and Stanton Albert) will trial in the NRL.
This comes on top of the signing this year of Mark Mexico to the NRL, and recently to English club Gateshead Thunder.
“It was one of the major goals of the SP PNG Hunters to provide a pathway for PNG players. All 3 players certainly deserve their opportunity and it is a tribute to the effort of the coaching staff and the performance of the team this year that has given these players an incredible opportunity,” said Tassell.
Tassell said that the Hunters management and coaching staff had been working very hard behind the scenes to forge relationships with NRL coaches and club officials.
“The main thing we are impressing on the players is to be patient. We are spending a lot of time and effort to prepare the players for what to expect in an elite competition such as the NRL and we have no doubt our players have the ability and are developing the attitude and commitment required to be successful at that level,” said Tassell.
He also voiced his thanks to the Minister for Sport, Justin Tkatchenko for his support of the Hunters.
“The Minister for Sport has kindly granted K10,000 for each player to South Sydney which will cover some of their living costs for the 6 week period and this type of support certainly makes it easier to deal with NRL clubs and the recruitment of our players,” said Tassell.