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Damien Rex Horoi is tackeled by Vanuatu players during their rugby league test match here in Honiara last year… Photo Taromane Martin.
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Horoi signs rugby league contract

By Taromane Martin

“FOR me, right now I’m not looking to be a super star. I just want to play the best footy I can for my country, Solomon Islands and show the boys who are dreaming of playing league in Australia there are such opportunities and pathways for league players in the country and also help in promoting the sport here in the country these are my goals,” 26 years old Damien Rex Horoi told Sun SPORTS yesterday after confirm signing a one-year deal to play rugby league with New South Wales based Corrimal Cougars club.

The lad whose father is from Tawatana, Arosi One in Makira Province and mother fromTaranaki, New Zealand, said he is happy and proud of this milestone achievement and wants to be a league ambassador for Solomon Islands while with the Cougars.

“So I just got a contract signed by the Corrimal Cougars to play rugby league in the Illawarra Rugby League competition in Sydney, New South Wales.

“I’m really happy, really stoked with the offer. I was a bit surprised too because I’m still new to the sport.

“I played my first club game back in 2015 in Fiji. I think I’ve learned a lot and even come a long way since then.

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“Unfortunately I picked up some injuries along the way which saw me missing out most of last season with a dislocated shoulder.

“However I came back to the country for that test match here in Honiara against Vanuatu and then was offered the opportunity by a friend in Fiji to go and play in Australia.

“I’m very happy and proud and hope to play the best footy to help the promotion of the sport back here in the country,”

he said.

The Corrimal Cougars have been competing in the Country Rugby League and the Illawarra Rugby League premiership since 1912.

Amongst some notable NRL players to have come out from the Cougars are Ben Hornby – St George Illawarra

Dragons captain and NSW representative. Tyson Frizel – Cronnulla Sharks and St George Illawara Dragons, Craig Young St George Illawara, NSW and Australia rep and Luke Pattern who played for the Illawarra Steelers, St George Illawara Dragons, Cantebury Bulldogs and Salford City Reds. Horoi will leave for Fiji this week and travel to Wollongong to begin his career with the Cougars at the end of this month.

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