Rugby Union: Former Hamilton Hawks lock Nick Palmer joins NSW Waratahs for 2018photos
Palmer gets NSW contract DEAL: Hamilton two-time premiership-winner Nick Palmer training with the NSW Country Eagles at Newcastle’s No.2 Sportsground in 2015. The lock has been signed by the NSW Waratahs for next season. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
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Palmer’s coach was Scott Coleman when rising through the ranks at Hamilton between 2009 and 2014, which included two first grade premierships.
“It’s unreal for him,” Coleman said.
“He’s a pretty committed guy and trains hard so it’s a good reward.”
Palmer was one of 10 players inducted intoHamilton’s hall of fame earlier this year when celebrating the club’s 50thanniversary.He won titles in 2010 and 2012, but lostdeciders in 2011 and 2013.
In recent campaigns he has playedShute Shield with North Sydney, including the club’sdrought-breaking 2016 triumph,and trained with the extended NSW Waratahssquad last summer.
Coleman said Palmer “started in a fair few games” while in New Zealand the last few months.
Previously hehas also linked with National Rugby Championship franchises the NSW Country Eagles (2015) and the Sydney Rays (2016).
Palmer, who started playing the sport while at renowned Sydney high school St Joseph’s Collegein 2006,has signed a one-year deal with the Waratahs.
Johnson-Holmes picked up a three-year contract.
Next year’s Super Rugby season has NSW kicking off against the Stormers at home on February 24 after an opening-roundbye.
NSW coach Daryl Gibson said Palmer and Johnson-Holmes had earned their opportunities.
“We are looking forwardto further developing this group of young men,” Gibson said.
“They have impressed the coaching team with their attitudes and willingness to improve and are working hard to succeed.
“The expectation is that they arrive ready to perform and make the most of their opportunity to compete with their teammates for starting spots.”
2018 SIGNINGS:Nick Palmer,Alex Newsome,Lalakai Foketi, Will Miller, Cody Walker, Shambeckler Vui,Harry Johnson-Holmes, Lachlan Swinton.