ALBURY Thunder has trumped rival Group 9 rugby league clubs for star half-back Cameron Breust’s signature.
In a huge boost to the club’s chances of winning a hat-trick of premierships, the former Canberra Raiders, St George-Illawarra and Parramatta player put pen to paper at Greenfield Park last night.
Breust, 22, played juniors for Wagga Kangaroos before being identified by talent scouts and making his way to the NRL.
Thunder coach Josh Cale said Breust had been on the recruiting radar for several weeks through his ties with centre Mitch Seaton.
“It’s great to have Cameron on board,” Cale said.
“He’s played at a higher level and been through the system.
“He’s only young like most of our players and will fit in really well.
“A few of the boys know him already with Jake Grace and Lou Goodwin playing rep footy with him and Mitch Seaton playing in the same side for the Australian University team.”
After a relatively quiet off-season for Thunder, the club has landed two prized recruits this week with Aberdeen utility Adam Coote signing on Tuesday.
Breust, who spent time travelling overseas last season, said he was excited to be playing on the Border.
“I trained tonight for the first time and you could see the culture of the club already,” Bruest said.
“Mitch has been a good mate of mine since we played for the Australian tertiary side.”
Breust should have no trouble regaining his fitness after 12 months on the sidelines after he won Wagga’s Greatest Athlete competition in 2011.