12 Apr 2014

Sport: Kumuls coach says more PNG players are capable of making leap to NRL

8:35 am on 12 April 2014

Papua New Guinea rugby league coach Adrian Lam believes there are more players that can follow in the footsteps of Mark Mexico and sign with an NRL team.

The Hunters prop inked a deal with the Cronulla Sharks last week and is scheduled to make his debut for their New South Wales Cup team tomorrow.

Another former Hunter, Wellington Albert, also moved to NRL side Penrith in January.

Adrian Lam says there's still a lot of other players in PNG who have the potential to join them.

"There's probably a handful of them up there that could come straight into systems here. We've identified that a lot of the players are still very raw up there, because of the lack of coaching credentials in PNG, but as soon as they come into a system of professional set-up and professional coaches they learn quick time and are fast-tracked to where they want to be so that's our goal as well at the moment to try and get as many players down. It's exciting for the country and it's exciting for the local players but also for the young children in Papua New Guinea who look up to these players."

Adrian Lam.