The Waves start to build for next season's BRL
LEAGUE: New The Waves recruit Rhys Neil said it was hard telling his former team that he was leaving.
The forward is now a Tiger after signing from Isis for next year's Bundaberg Rugby League.
Chasing premiership glory he joins the side that finished runners-up in this year's competition.
Neil said it was a tough decision to move from a club like the Devils.
"It was extremely hard (to tell them),” he said.
"They are a top group of guys.
"The only reason I swapped clubs was because it was more practical for me with family and work commitments.”
The other reason Neil joined was the set-up at the Tigers.
"Antonio Kaufusi is there and they are really professional,” he said.
"Looking at what they had it became attractive to move to them.”
Neil believes his ability to play in multiple positions will help him adjust and contribute.
"I feel I can play a majority of the roles,” he said.
"I have adaptability and knowledge of the game after playing under a lot of different styles and coaches.”
Neil is now also after some consistency.
The Waves will be Neil's third club in three years and he doesn't want to change clubs again in the short term.
"I want to finally settle at a side,” he said.
"I hope that is with The Waves.”
While the lock will be a big loss to the Devils, he is confident the side will lift next year.
"From what I know they have recruited well,” he said.
"Me leaving won't impact their performance and I left on great terms.”
Neil and his teammates resume training on January 10.