The Tumut Blues have signed speedster and 2019 Canberra Cup winger of the year, Connor Massen.
The former Tuggeranong Bushranger left the Canberra Cup in search of Group 9 opportunities once his club pulled the pin on its 2020 season.
Still, it was a fortuitous meeting with Blues front rower Jed Pearce that laid the groundwork for Massen signing with the Blues.
“I met him (Jed Pearce) on a job site and then we had a chat and we became very good mates,” Massen said.
“Then I told Jed our team had pulled out of our comp this season and he asked me if I would consider coming to play for Tumut, which I thought was great.”
The 20-year-old, who only made his Canberra Cup debut last season, crossed for 14 meat pies in his rookie season for the Bushrangers.
Massen is now focused on making a name for himself in the Group 9 competition as he aims to help Tumut win another title.
“For me, I would like to see us go back-to-back, that would be the main goal,” Massen said.
“I also want to build some friendships and get some experience. I have been told that Group 9 is tough guts and I can’t wait to try it.”
When asked what he would bring to the Blues, Massen said it was all about scoring tries.
“I scored about 14 tries during last season and of course, I want to score tries for the Blues and help them win some games,” Massen said.
Despite not knowing Massen before he attended training for the first time on Friday night, captain/coach Dean Bristow was pleased to sign the speedy finisher.
“I don’t know a great deal about him, I know he is young and an outside back and he scored 14 or 15 tries for Tuggeranong in the Canberra competition last season,” Bristow said.
“I have watched a few of his games online and he looks like he is a good finisher; he should be a good fit.”
Bristow still wasn’t sure where Massen would fit in specifically but he definitely had the speedster penciled in at either centre or wing.
“He is a good lad and he fit in pretty well straight away,” Bristow said.
“I still don’t know where he will play. We will have a bit of a look at him in the centres and wing but I think he has aspirations of placing centre.
“It just depends on who we sign before the season starts.”
Bristow did admit the Blues were still on the hunt for more outside backs only three weeks out from their round one fixture against the Gundagai Tigers.
“We just need some outside backs, I have had that many forwards get back to me but no backs,” Bristow laughed.
“We are still talking to four players at the moment and hopefully we pick someone up, but there is no guarantees.”