The signing of Tom Opacic is a major blow for the Robins; he made 76 appearances for the Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels; the 27-year-old center will join fellow NRL stars Sauaso ‘Jesse’ Sue and Rhys Kennedy in East Yorkshire next season
Last Update: 08/10/22 09:43
Tom Opacic will join Hull KR from Parramatta Eels on a two-year deal from 2023.
Opacic launched his NRL career with the Brisbane Broncos in 2016, making his debut in Round 16 against the Canterbury Bulldogs and went on to make 76 appearances for the Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels .
A devastating support runner with a relentless work rate, the 27-year-old center is a major blow for Robins and will add another star to the club’s impressive three-quarter line.
The Redcliffe native will join fellow NRL stars Sauaso ‘Jesse’ Sue and Rhys Kennedy in East Yorkshire next season as Willie Peters assembles the final pieces for his Hull KR side in 2023.
Tom Opacic joins Hull Kingston Rovers for the 2023 Betfred Super League season.
Opacic said: “I’m really excited to be heading to the Super League. Hopefully I can finish strong with the (Parramatta) Eels and then work my way up.
“I was looking at a few different options here in the NRL and then Willie got in touch and really sold it. He wants to do something special at Hull KR and I took what he said on board.
“Willie gave me insight into coming with him to live here before. I’ve been with Brisbane Broncos more than twice for the World Club Challenge and enjoyed it when I came. So it was quite a decision. easy in the end. Looking forward to it.
While the Robins have an impressive three-quarter line of Lachlan Coote, Ryan Hall, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Wood and Ethan Ryan all ready for offense, Opacic believes his greatest strength is on defense.
“I would say I’m an effort-based player and will help the boys as much as I can by coming out of the backfield and with the supporting game.
“I’d like to think I’m strong defensively too, I’m looking forward to being stuck with the boys. I’m heading for one of the senior players and I’d like to think I’ll bring a bit But it will definitely be a learning curve for me too.
Before signing, Opacic already noted his enthusiasm for the Super League and the Hull Derby, underlining a personal connection to the rivalry.
“I heard the fanbase is crazy and they love it so I can’t wait to be there. I have a mate in Queensland who grew up in Hull so he told me all about the Hull Derby and the rivalry, I can’t wait to get involved.
“Looks like they’re really tearing it up for sure. It looks like a tough physical game with really skilled players. I’m only 27. It’s not like I’m ending my career. I come to do a job and I want to win the model.”
Willie Peters was delighted to complete his trio of NRL signings and secure Opacic until the end of 2024: “I am delighted to have Tom, his tenacity and effort are two of his greatest strengths. You know what you will be with him every week, especially in the stress zones and difficult parts of the game.
“Tom is known as a very good defender in the NRL, and I have no doubt he will bring that to Hull KR next season. He is delighted to come. Tom had options to stay in the NRL and I believe we let’s get a quality center with his best years ahead of him.
“It’s a big step for Tom and his family but they’re going to have fun with what we’re trying to do at Hull KR, with the support of the fans the club has a real opportunity to go there next level in 2023. .”