The London Skolars have just secured three major signings which will strengthen their current squad considerably for the 2004 season. Glen O'Davis and Peter Hannan both from Australia will be joined by John Rua from New Zealand, and have all recently arrived in London. " Last year will lacked the the experience when it came to the big games, and I'm confident that the recent signing of these talented players will hold us in good stead for the season ahead " commented club chairman Hector McNeil.
Glen O'Davis, brother of Australian international Robbie O'Davis is looking forward to upcoming challenge. O'Davis is a former Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Easts player and has told the club he can't wait for the first game to come around. His selective passing skills and goal kicking attributes will be a major positive for the club.O' Davis is a former team mate of Peter Hannan through their playing years together at Brisbane club Eastern Suburbs Tigers who compete in the Queensland Cup competition. Hannan is a talented scrum half who also played with the Logan City Scorpions in the same competition in earlier seasons. Peter possesses a fantastic passing and kicking game and has the ability to guide his side around the field. He has recently been appointed Community Development Manager for the London Skolars and said " I am really looking forward to my role with the Skolars on and off the field and can envisage the club having a very successful 2004 season."
The other major signing for the club has been the New Zealand born John Rua. John brings a tonne of experience to the club. He played in the Rugby League World Cup in 2000 for the Cook Islands where he was a standout performer. John has spent the last four years playing Bartercard Cup in New Zealand which is the national competition in NZ. Along with O'Davis, Rua also has a well known brother in Matt who spent a number of years with Melbourne Storm and was a regular on the international scene. John has a strong defensive game and is an explosive runner and will serve the Skolars well in the upcoming season.
The Skolars NL2 squad is currently in pre-season training and the results and attitude have been pleasing according to player/coach Alex Smits. "Everyone has been putting in at training and there is a really good feeling within the squad. If the current commitment and attitude level are any indication we are going to be in for an exciting 2004 season.