Tigers sign former Seagulls star
ONE of the Hervey Bay Seagulls' strike weapons in its charge to the 2015 grand final will return to the Bundaberg Rugby League as a Tiger this season.
Chris Robinson-Ford was one of the Seagulls' best each week and has now joined The Waves as he chases BRL glory.
An uncompromising, 80-minute tackling machine, Robinson-Ford played every game of the 2015 season despite a fractured jaw he received when he played for Bundaberg at the 47th Battalion Carnival.
His return is a welcome one for the BRL, and reinforces The Waves' position as the early favourites for the title.
"It's going to be a pretty strong comp this year,” Robinson-Ford said.
"I know a few of the boys there so I'm looking forward to it.”
Robinson-Ford's road to being one of the most in-demand locks in regional rugby league is one of seemingly endless adversity that started in Cooktown in Queensland's far north.
He was a key part of Hervey Bay's charge to the 2015 minor premiership, and spent 2016 playing for Valleys Diehards.
His return to the BRL may be permanent, and the decision was influenced by forwards Vahiti Hopoi and Antonio Kaufusi.
Hopoi is one of the most damaging players in country Queensland, let alone the BRL, while former NRL and English Super League star Kaufusi may strap on the boots again in 2017.
"I played rep footy with Vahiti so that influenced my decision,” Robinson-Ford said.
"I'm keen to be coached and play alongside Antonio. It'll be a great experience.
"We're not looking too bad this year.”
Robinson-Ford will train alongside his team-mates for the first time next Tuesday.