Mika will add bite to Tigers

Isis Town and Country - - Life - By BEN TURN­BULL

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).

PHOTO: JAKE JONES

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.

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