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Football duo on the way north

SIGNED: Former Seagulls winger Billy Stefaniuk has joined the Waves Tigers.
SIGNED: Former Seagulls winger Billy Stefaniuk has joined the Waves Tigers. Alistair Brightman

LEAGUE: They've promised a super team for three seasons and now it looks like The Waves Tigers has delivered.

The Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade side have continued their off-season recruiting spree by signing former Hervey Bay Seagulls Clinton Horne and Billy Stefaniuk for next season.

In a coup for the side, the duo join after helping the Seagulls to two straight BRL minor premierships and the 2016 BRL title.

Stefaniuk scored 19 tries last year with Horne leading the side in the halves.

Now he is looking to do the same with the Bundy side.

"I thought I needed a change in scenery," Horne said.

"I touched based with Ash (Simpson) and we came to a decision pretty much straight away."

The decision was also made easier with Hervey Bay not offering him a new deal.

He wanted to stay loyal to the side but admitted it was tough to do so.

"I haven't heard from anyone at the club, there was no contact from them," he said.

"I should be loyal to them, but they should be loyal to me.

"I've been there a long time, I don't owe the Seagulls much more."

Horne also brought across Stefaniuk, who was already contemplating the move.

"He's pretty good mates with Chris Ford, who moved there last year," he said.

"He wanted a change just like me and we've been talking about it with each other."

Horne will stay in Hervey Bay and train and play with the side.

"They've given me fuel for training and I'll train with the boys," he said.

"I've heard it's a great family club.

"That's important to be as I've got a family with four kids."

But Horne isn't moving just to make up the numbers.

He wants a premiership with the side but stopped short of saying the side would be unbeatable with their new recruits including Reece Maughan who signed last week from Eastern Suburbs.

"If we do get a good side, we hope to get a few wins early up and build from there," Horne said.

"The game isn't won with one or two players, it's won with 17.

"We hope to jel together and hopefully it all works."

Horne also wanted to thank the side for signing him up.

The new signings will join their teammates in pre-season training later this year.

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