The Penrith Panthers have signed teenage PNG Test centre Wellington Albert on a two-year deal.
Albert shone for the Kumuls during the Rugby league World Cup and also had interest from the Gold Coast Titans and South Sydney.
He is the first PNG player to be recruited to an NRL club without coming through Australia's development system.
It is a great recognition of the talent level PNG will field next year in their debut season.
Playing out of quaint tourist town Kokopo, the Intrust Super Cup draw released yesterday revealed the first club to play them in PNG would be reigning champions Mackay Cutters.
Each team that travels to PNG will be given a bye the following week.
"After carefully considering a range of factors, we structured the draw this way to provide clubs and players with additional time to recover from the extra travel to PNG," QRL competitions manager Jamie O'Connor said.
"They will light up the competition and provide an element of surprise."
The new 13-team competition kicks off on the weekend of March 1-2, a week earlier than the NRL.
Gould said Albert had the same dimensions as a young Petero Civoniceva.
"Wellington will be groomed long term as a front row forward. At the moment he can play anywhere from wing to front row. Big, fast, strong," Gould wrote on Twitter.
"Wellington's physique reminds me very much of Petero Civoniceva at same age. Long way to go but he has great potential and is a wonderful attitude."
The official name of PNG's team will be announced on Monday but reports are it will be the Hunters.
Source: The Courier Mail