By Fidelis Sukina – EMTV Sports
Edene Gebbie’s chart topping performance in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup, has landed the Kumuls fullback a two year contract with second placed NRL Club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Gebbie has signed for the 2020 and 2021 season.
His signing to the South Sydney Rabbitohs has got Papua New Guinea on its toes with the Kumuls fullback looking to break into first grade NRL next season in the two year contract.
Gebbie is lean and fast, running to the top of the Queensland Intrust Super Cup ladder for most run meters this season so far, for his club the Wynnum Manley Seagulls.
In just 14 appearances for the club, he’s scored 9 tries, made 95 tackle breaks and 13 line breaks.
Kumuls coach, Michael Marum, is proud of Gebbie’s achievement.
Marum says the Rabbitohs heard of his form and turned up to watch Gebbie play for the Kumuls in the pacific test.
Marum is the point of contact with Rabbitohs coach, Wayne Bennett, and the two share information on PNG players almost all the time. He added, that Rabbitohs almost pulled out but came back to finalise the deal.
For Gebbie, having raw talent in the nines format of the sport, who came through from the Sogeri League outside Port Moresby and never played in the intercity competition, it’s a dream come true.
However, Gebbie had it tough in the start of the season, he was home sick but coach Marum encouraged him to stay on.
Marum still keeps close contact with players in the Intrust Super Cup and gives accurate statistics on PNG players in the Competition, something he says, that he takes pride in doing.