Mika will add bite to Tigers
IN COUNTRY rugby league, players used to be able to float into a town claiming they played at a top-level club. Now, the internet has given tools to allow people to check their credentials, but Constantine Mika doesn't have to worry about his past being looked at.
Mika's path to Bundaberg playing for Waves Tigers has been a long and bumpy one but there is no doubt the former Newcastle Knight big man will add class to a struggling Tigers team.
The 180-cm utility – Mika can play second-row, five-eighth or centre – grew up on the streets of Auckland and in a world were big players ruled the field, he stood out.
He played for the Junior Warriors but was unable to crack the top team and in 2009 he joined the Knights. After making his debut on May 31 he played 14 games for the club. Two years later he was released by Newcastle and he made his way to the Super League where he played 52 games and scored 10 tries for Hull Kingston Rovers.
There is no doubt he will add something not only to the Tigers but the A-grade competition as a whole, but the quietly-spoken 25-year-old isn't letting his past predict his future performances.
"I'm here to help out the Tigers and give something to rugby league in Bundaberg," Mika said.
"It's a new season, so that (his past) doesn't matter."
Mika last played for Redcliffe's reserve grade in the Q-Cup and admitted to knowing little about rugby league in Bundaberg but was looking forward to getting the season started.
"It should be interesting. It was my first training session here tonight (Tuesday)," he said. "I haven't really done my homework around Bundy but it should be interesting."
He hoped his experience inspired current players at the club and attracted those who were unsure if they should join the Tigers after they withdrew from the A-grade competition. The new season kicks off for the Tigers on March 8 with a game against Easts Magpies at Waves Sports Complex (3pm).
BIG GUN: Con Mika, pictured playing in Gladstone last season, will play for Waves Tigers in the Bundaberg Rugby League this year. Mika formerly played for Newcastle Knights and Hull Kingston Rovers.