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 Eddy Pettybourne. The deal will see Pettybourne play his first club games on local soil after representing the USA in two world cups.
Pettybourne, who was named in the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Team of the Decade, has almost 200 professional appearances, most recently for Villeneuve where he currently plays in France. Off the field, Pettybourne has consultancy and ambassador roles with Lift High Performance and Endeavour Foundation.
“I’m very excited to be joining a great organization in the Brooklyn Kings,” Pettybourne said. “It’s always been a passion and dream of mine to give back to the game of rugby league in America. I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and front office, and working towards back-to-back championships for the club.”
Pettybourne will join the Kings upon the end of the Elite One Championship, relocating from France to Brooklyn. The club will be aiming for its second consecutive championship in as many seasons, this time under the NARL banner.
“Eddy is an incredible addition to our team, both on and off the field,” Brooklyn Kings’ Founder Matt Bailey said. “This moment is a massive show of confidence for our club, the new league and the Brooklyn community, and we thank Eddy for trusting in and propelling our vision. We can’t wait to welcome Eddy and his young family to Brooklyn, and to build something special.”
About Brooklyn Kings Rugby League
Founded in 2014, the Brooklyn Kings are one of the longest-standing and most-decorated rugby league clubs in North America. Building a rich history, the Kings have appeared in two championship finals, winning their first in 2019, the last domestic competition to be played. Their playing and coaching roster has included former NRL players and representatives from teams including the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs, with an executive team from the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, Maxis, Omnicom Media Group and CSM Sport & Entertainment.
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