Papua New Guinea Rugby League chief executive officer Brad Tassell yesterday announced the mobile phone company had agreed to be associated with the new franchise.
Tassell said the three-year deal would see the company take on the rights as the official and exclusive telecommunications sponsor to the South Pacific Brewery-sponsored side.
He said the deal was further vindication of the programme.
“Having a recognised national brand such as Digicel on board is fantastic for the organisation and recognition of the importance of the franchise to PNG Rugby League,” he said in a statement.
“Digicel are strong supporters of rugby league in PNG and we are excited about their contribution to the programme.
“I would like to make it clear however that Digicel’s sponsorship is over and above their commitment to the Digicel Cup National Rugby League competition and we want to ensure that remains and continues to further grow and improve.
“It is important to the PNGRFL and rugby league in PNG that Digicel’s commitment to the national competition continues and we will do everything possible to ensure it does.
“We believe that sponsorship of the Hunters will further enhance Digicel’s already significant profile in PNG.”
Tassell said the sponsorship was fast filling up.
“We have some more announcements to make over the coming weeks and sponsorship packages are in demand.
“We only have one space left on the team jersey and training uniforms so any business that wants to snap up the last major sponsorship should contact the club immediately.
“We have limited corporate entertainment packages available at home games so we would encourage businesses to get in quickly.”
Digicel chief executive officer John Mangos said the company was delighted to be involved in growing the professionalism of the country’s number one sport – rugby league