George Toby the centre of attention at Hervey Bay
GEORGE Toby grew up playing hard, tough footy, so the 25-year-old could find himself at home at Hervey Bay Seagulls.
The proud Torres Strait Islander is the latest in a raft of signings announced by the Seagulls as they start preparations for the 2016 Bundaberg Rugby League season.
Toby is a fast, strong centre who played with Mossman/Port Douglas Sharks in 2015, and after a 16-hour drive south will make Hervey Bay his new home.
"I was waiting for an opportunity to open up and it did here," Toby said.
"I'll just see where it takes me at the moment so I'll just focus on playing for the Seagulls and having a good year."
Hervey Bay players met at Stafford Park on Sunday for one of their biggest preseason sessions so far.
It included ball work at the field, a road run to the beach for another session and another run back, and involved most of the A-grade squad.
Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen said he had spoken to Toby for months ahead of the move.
"He's going to be great for us - he can play," Ingebrigtsen said.
"We've got he and Nathan (Martyn) in the centres, and should have another coming up about Christmas. We've got some good strike weapons this year."
Toby adds more speed, power and finishing ability to a Seagulls backline already overflowing with talent.
Mossman's top-tryscorer will most likely partner BRL's top-tryscorer Billy Stefaniuk on the left flank, while BRL Player of the Year Alex Braun will be given a free license to roam.
Add Ingebrigtsen and halfback Clinton Horne and it becomes a lethal lineup that will take a lot to stop in 2016.