The Brooklyn Kings, members of the inaugural North American Rugby League (NARL) kicking off in June, North America’s first professional rugby league competition, are pleased to announce the signing of Con Mika.
Mika has almost 150 professional caps to his name, including with the Newcastle Knights of the National Rugby League and Hull KR of the Super League. Off the field, Mika has a passion for inspiring and educating young athletes on the transition from school athletics to professionalism, a project the club plans to support him with.
“I’m very grateful and thankful to the Kings for this opportunity,” Mika said.
“To allow my family to embark on this journey is once in a lifetime. Rugby league has given me a lot to-date, and to now give back and grow the game in the world’s most exciting market of New York City is unreal.”
Mika, along with Pettybourne, will join the Kings upon the end of the Elite One Championship, relocating their families from France to Brooklyn. The club will be aiming for its second consecutive championship in as many seasons, this time under the NARL banner.
Brooklyn Kings’ Head Coach Matt Isherwood said: “It’s a real coup for Brooklyn to attract a player of Con’s caliber. Our intent is clear in finding experienced players that buy into our culture while developing and nurturing young American talent. We’re looking forward to seeing Con’s contribution both on and off the field.”