Stags snap up Mbaraga and Hobbs

Eddie Mbaraga in action for Hemel Stags last season.
Eddie Mbaraga in action for Hemel Stags last season.

Hemel Stags have handed contracts to two more players, with Eddie Mbaraga and Jake Hobbs adding to head coach Troy Perkins’ ever-growing squad.

Perkins said: “Eddie has been with the club for five seasons and been one of our most consistent performers over that time.

“He came through a good system at the Broncos and he is a very talented player. He can play back row or prop, he has got good footwork for a big man, is a damaging fringe runner and can find the try line.

“He was our second best try scorer last season.”

Hobbs, meanwhile, has come from a rugby union background but he is working hard on making the change to rugby league.

“Jake has had a really good pre-season and has earned a contract,” said Perkins. “He has been playing at professional club Ealing RFC but he wanted a new challenge and wanted to come and have a trial.

“He has impressed me with his attitude and he has good skills and will be a good addition in the centres or second row.

“He is still new to rugby league but he is improving all the time and I think he will develop into a decent player at this level.”

With the start of the season only a few months away, the Stags have also confirmed two pre-season fixtures against London Broncos and Gateshead Thunder on January 27 and February 16, respectively.

Perkins said: “Pre-season fixtures give all our players a chance to push for selection in the starting team in our first Northern Rail Cup fixture on March 3.

“These games will be an excellent test and I am looking forward to getting started with our first season in Championship 1.”