Thorn adds former player to Reds squad
TRANSFER NEWS: After signing former playmakers Jono Lance and Ben Lucas, the Reds coach Brad Thorn has gone back to the past again to sign another former fullback in Aidan Toua to cover Michael Hunt’s absence.
Toua has just finished a season in Japan with the Honda Heat and will return to the Reds, his first club where he played only 10 games from 2011-14 due to numerous injuries.
He found his feet at the Brumbies where he has managed 30 games over the 2016-17 seasons, becoming a consistent starter for them.
Hunt’s court case was adjourned on Monday until February 19, which means he is certain to miss the Reds season opener against the Rebels. Hunt’s drawn-out court proceedings have allowed the Reds to sign Toua under “emergency cover”.
The Reds now have much more depth with utility Lucas, Toua and Jayden Ngamanu all fullback options. Former Force flyhalf Jono Lance is still recovering from a broken hand.