Former NRL forward Joel Edwards is confident Lakes United have the roster and the coach to become a premiership force next season after confirming he will play with the Seagulls in 2018.
Edwards knocked back offers from Maitland and Kurri to link with Lakes on a one year deal that includes employment in the mining industry. It will alsosee him re-unite with his former coach Todd Edwards.
“Obviously, the package Lakes offered played a part but I’m also looking forward to playing under Todd again,”Edwards said.
“”I played under him in the junior Knights and at Cessnock the year Wyong beat us in the grandfinal so he knowswhat it’s allabout.
“He is putting together a pretty strong roster with some young guys there I’m looking forward to playing alongside so I’m looking forward to next season.”
Edwards, who featuredin 107 NRL games for the Knights, Canberra and Wests Tigers in the past eight years, sayshe still hasn’t completely given up hope of playing at NRL or English Super League level.
“I’ve got some things in the contract that if something did come up, they would let me go but it’s probably unlikely,”he said.
Edwards will spearhead a Seagulls pack that will also include former Wests Tigers Under 20’shooker Daniel Peck.
Peck will have big shoes to fill in 2018 with the youngster set to replace departed skipper Chris Adams.