Jets unleash new star
IPSWICH Jets fans will get their first chance to see how star recruit and former Newcastle Knights big man, David Fa'alogo, looks in a green and white jersey today.
The Jets play their second trial game of the pre-season against the Burleigh Bears in Goodna, with Fa'alogo a surprise inclusion for the Intrust Super Cup premiers.
Scrapping plans to join the ISC side for their first round clash, Fa'alogo will fly up from Newcastle and give fans a taste of what to expect from the former international.
Of all the new recruits who have joined the Ipswich Jets ranks for the 2016 season none bring as much experience and reputation as the ex-Newcastle Knights and South Sydney Rabbitohs player.
Fa'alogo played 198 NRL games for the Rabbitohs and Knights and 57 matches for Huddersfield in a career which also saw him play 19 Tests for New Zealand and Samoa.
The 35-year-old forward was named the international player of the year for Samoa in 2014 and will take on a big role in the leadership team at the Jets.
Ipswich Jets CEO Wayne Wendt said he expected a big crowd to turn out to see the former NRL star in Jets colours.
"It's a bit of surprise that he will be coming to the trial," Wendt said.
"He wasn't supposed to come until the end of the month but he (Fa'alogo) offered to come up for the trial this weekend and we jumped at the chance.
"It will be a great chance for David to participate with the side and to catch up with all the local fans."
With a wealth of experience playing at the top level, Wendt believes Fa'alogo will bring plenty to the club both on and off the field.
"For a guy who has had so much experience I can't believe how enthusiastic he is," Wendt said.
"I think he has a huge potential to provide leadership to our young side, a lot of the guys will look to him to provide an example.
"He impresses me no-end with his passion."
Fa'alogo will fly up from Newcastle this morning to join the Jets Intrust Super Cup side in time for the second pre-season trial at the Goodna and District Rugby League Club.
Jets fans will get a chance to meet Fa'alogo and the rest of the premiership players before and after the Intrust Super Cup game which begins at 6pm.
"I encourage the fans to come along and meet David and the rest of the team," Wendt said.
"Bring along a jersey or a ball, grab a signature and enjoy a great afternoon of football."
The Ipswich Jets and the Burleigh Bears will face off in three trial games at the Goodna and District Rugby League Club today.
The Colts kick off the action at 2.30pm, followed by the Brisbane Rugby League sides at 4.15pm and Intrust Super Cup at 6pm.
Tickets cost $5 for adults with children under 17 free.