As pre-season practice got underway this week at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Kings have bolstered their roster with the signing of three Australians in key positions. This sees Brooklyn’s import allocation sewn up for 2016, with the focus now on building the core group of American talent that has been growing steadily since 2014, a priority of coaching and management. See bios on the three signings below.
Mitch Day (pictured left), is a born and bred Queenslander bringing leadership and experience to a tough Brooklyn Kings pack. Mitch plays anywhere in the back row, spending his juniors with NRL’s Canberra Raiders and following seasons with North Queensland Cowboys’ affiliate, Mackay Cutters. It’s at the latter that Mitch took out 2014 Rookie of the Year, a huge feat reflecting his on-field commitment. “I’m very much looking forward to experiencing life and football in Brooklyn. Rugby league is a passion of mine and I hope to translate my experience on and off the field with my new Kings’ teammates.”
Jake Henderson (pictured middle), hailing from the rugby league mecca of Gerringong, is the young pup of the trio, turning 21 the week he lands stateside. Originally a back-rower, Jake now serves as a versatile hooker/half with size and speed to flaunt. Jake has spent time in France with La Reole in Elite 2, and most recently returned to NSW where he’s pulled on Balmain Tigers’ colors in the coveted tertiary league. “I can’t wait to get to Brooklyn and stuck into this season with the boys. It’ll be an awesome experience and I’m particularly looking forward to playing a role in developing the game further in the USA.”
Jace Brown (pictured right), brings a plethora of halves experience to the blue and gold. With caps for Shellharbour City Dragons (NSW Cup) and Tweed Head Seagulls (QLD Cup), Jace has spent the last four seasons in France with Elite 1 and Elite 2 clubs. Most recently, Jace is playing a pivotal role in the playoffs charge of La Reole Lions, in search for a championship before heading straight to Brooklyn in May. “I’m excited to pull on the Kings’ colors and represent the city of Brooklyn. What an awesome privilege! I’m also excited about experiencing life and rugby league in the states, and having the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the game in a developing country. This is going to be pretty special to say the least”
You can see all three men in action this summer at the Kings’ exciting new home field and game day experience. Stay tuned for more info.