Chairman of PNGRFL Sandis Tsaka revealed this during question time at a media conference held at the NSF this week.
Tsaka said the announcement will be made later this month however it is obvious that the Hunters will certainly participate in next year’s Queensland Intrust Super Cup after its long list of train on squad was announced during the conference.
It is also believed that PNGRFL as the custodian of rugby league in PNG will certainly pay another hefty amount of money to participate, something they earlier said to consider the cost and conditions in participating in the ISC competition.
Tsaka also said that Hunters was a clear pathway for players to break into overseas leagues including the Queensland, New South Wales Cup as well as second tier competition in the United Kingdom and the Super League in England.
“That is something we had never achieved before and we are achieving it now. This year alone, we are sending a total of 11 players out for overseas contract,” Tsaka said.
Tsaka said after the result of the 2013 World Cup game where PNG lost all its matches, something was needed to be done to safe face and instill some lost pride which they did with the introduction and establishment of the Hunters.
While not many have got the chance to play at Hunters were only few have been chosen, Hunters has set the bench mark and has been a bridge for players moving to overseas teams.
“We are proud of the achievement Hunters has so far achieved and it has becoming a bridge now for our local players to showcase their talents overseas and now we all see that many of our players are going overseas unlike in the past,” Tsaka said.
It is believed the Hunters will have sign another four term agreement with the ISC however the conditions have not yet been discussed.
Meanwhile Tsaka said Hunters is now localized meaning all staffs at the Hunters are all Papua New Guineans.
“With the local knowledge our Hunters have, it is good for the team and also not only that we allow coaches from the Digicel Cup to come and learn from Marum and the team and go back to the franchise and teach what Marum and the boys have been teaching them,” Tsaka said.
“That’s the pathway we have created. I know we have lost many to overseas clubs but it also gives opportunity to our local league players to come in for Hunters. This shows that PNG has a lot of talented pool of players still around,” Tsaka said.
Kevin Teme : Post Courier