By Jaylee Sapias – EM TV Sport, Port Moresby
Former PNG Kumul and Ipswich Jets star Rod Griffin has recently signed a one-year contract with NRL Club, West Tigers.
Born in Papua New Guinea, Griffin moved to Australia when he was three years old and played his junior rugby league for the Atherton Roosters, before going into the North Queensland Cowboy’s academy system.
Griffin was first selected to play for the PNG Kumuls in 2007, whilst playing for the West Tigers junior grades in Sydney.
He returned to the Queensland Cup to play for the Northern Pride and won his first premiership in 2010 against the Norths Devils.
The former Kumul, who represented PNG again in 2008, did pre-season training early last year with the Brisbane Broncos but failed to secure a spot.
He then went on to play in the Intrust Super Cup Grand Final win for the Jets over the Townsville Blackhawks in September, and then the Newcastle Knights in the 2015 NRL State Championship.
A month later, Griffin signed a one-year contract with the NRL club, West Tigers, which concludes at the end of 2016.
The move to the West Tigers adds onto Griffin’s winding journey in rugby league.