Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire has lauded Jackson Hastings' contribution since arriving at Concord and revealed where he sees his no. 1 recruit best fitting into the side next year.
Returning to the NRL after a four-year Super League stint, Hastings headlines a handful of fresh faces that have joined Maguire's side over the summer that also includes Titans utility Tyrone Peachey and highly-touted English import Oliver Gildart.
After a turbulent start to his NRL career across stints at the Roosters and Sea Eagles, Hastings became an instant success upon moving to Salford midway through 2018, claiming the Man of Steel award in his first full season and guiding the Red Devils to their first ever grand final, before spending two years with Super League giants Wigan.
Tributes have poured in from around the rugby league world after the passing of Kiwi legend Olsen Filipaina – the man regarded as a pioneer for Maori and Pasifika players in the game.
Filipaina, who played for Balmain, Eastern Suburbs and North Sydney, was a revered figure in the game and had been invited to Saturday night’s match between the Indigenous and Maori All Stars at CommBank Stadium before being admitted to Westmead Hospital last month with a stomach infection.
Members of the Maori squad had signed a jersey for him on Wednesday night.
Filipaina, 64, suffered kidney failure and was placed in intensive care before passing away on Thursday, surrounded by family.