Former Knight will add depth to Capras' backline
RUGBY LEAGUE: He's only 20 but the Rockhampton Leagues Club Capras' newest recruit has already compiled an impressive CV.
New Zealand-born Ken Tofilau comes to Rockhampton after two seasons with the Newcastle Knights where he played about 25 National Youth Competition games and 25 New South Wales Cup games, including a national final in 2015.
Capras' coach Kim Williams said he was "extremely happy but a little surprised” to have shored up the services of the exciting young talent about a week ago.
He revealed that he first made an offer to Tofilau three months ago but realistically expected he would be snapped up by an NRL club.
"Things haven't turned out that way so this is his pathway hopefully to an NRL berth and we're very happy to help him along the way,” Williams said.
"Ken's had two very good seasons at the Knights and comes with a very strong rugby league resume including New Zealand Residents Player of the Year at 18 which is a phenomenal achievement in itself.
"He's a wing/fullback who comes with some fantastic credentials and will add a lot of depth to our backline.
"I'm really happy with the strength of our outside backs and Ken certainly adds to that.”
With the Capras' squad now several weeks into pre-season training, Williams is fast realising that the club's quality recruitment is sure to present him with some welcome selection dilemmas in season 2017.
"I look across the field at training over the last couple of days since Ken's arrived and you can't even start to pencil in your best 13 because there's so much competition. That's a great thing from a coach's point of view,” he said.