New Hervey Bay Seagulls signing Nathan Martyn. Martyn, a centre, joins the club from Toowoomba Valleys.
New Hervey Bay Seagulls signing Nathan Martyn. Martyn, a centre, joins the club from Toowoomba Valleys. Matthew Mcinerney

Centre Nathan Martyn to call Stafford Park home in 2016

NATHAN Martyn is set to bolster Hervey Bay Seagulls' depth in the outside backs after he was officially unveiled as the club's first official new signing for 2016.

The soft-spoken 20-year-old joins the club from Toowoomba, where he played for the Valleys Roosters.

Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen said he would be a welcome addition to the club, and will most likely replace outgoing centre Brock Eldridge.

Martyn had his first introduction to the Bundaberg Rugby League on grand final day, when Past Brothers beat the Seagulls 36-24 to be named premiers.

While he was not directly involved with the club at the time the desire that exists in the club to go one better will form part of Martyn's motivation for next year.

"It was tough, it was fast, and I'm looking forward to it," Martyn said.

"Winning the big one is definitely the goal."

Martyn's grand final day experience was enough to introduce him to the club's culture, which he said was part of the attraction to playing his football at Stafford Park.

The 185cm 90kg centre's inclusion could also see Ingebrigtsen shift back to the Seagulls' forward pack.

"He played with (former Seagulls hooker) Jaiden Reynolds and he had massive wraps on him," Ingebrigtsen said of Martyn.

"It adds a lot more depth in the centre-wing positions and that makes it much easier for me next year."

Hervey Bay Seagulls will return to pre-season training at Stafford Park on Monday, November 16, at 6.30pm.



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