Savelio in frame for round one
Andre Savelio's pre-season efforts mean he has put himself in the frame to make an immediate debut for Brisbane Broncos.
The 22-year-old, who played for Warrington and St Helens in Super League, has caught the eye on the training paddock since his arrival.
He has several representative players ahead of him, but he is well in contention for a bench spot when Wayne Bennett's side open the new campaign.
Broncos assistant coach Jason Demetriou said the back-rower had been outstanding in pre-season training: "There is no doubt he has set himself to play NRL and from what I have seen so far there is no reason to think he won't.
"Andre is definitely going to push a few players in the squad to make sure they are performing and who knows, he might push himself into the top 17 for round one."
Demetrio says he's excited about what Savelio could bring to the Broncos and feels he's had a good grounding with St Helens and the Wolves.
"Andre is one of our fitter players on the training field and with things like his tackle technique he is very competitive," he added.
Savelio, who was a childhood Broncos fan who grew up idolising Darren Lockyer and Corey Parker, has signed a two-year deal with the club.
He had spoken to Brisbane several years ago about a possible move when the Broncos were in the UK for the World Club Series but didn't feel he was ready.
Since then he's spoken to the club's football manager Pete Nolan a few times about it, and admits the fact that he's "in awe" of Bennett made the decision to sign an easy one.
He says he wouldn't have come to Australia if he didn't think he could crack the NRL.
Brisbane are 17.00 to win the Grand Final. The Broncos are 7.50 to finish in the top four.
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