Rebels sign Queensland Cup halfback
GROUP 2 RUGBY LEAGUE: The South Grafton Rebels have announced the signing of new marquee halfback Theeran Pearson, who has been contracted to the Ipswich Jets in recent seasons.
The 25-year-old has been a rugby league journeyman with stints at the Newcastle Knights, Northern Pride in the Intrust Super Cup and the Central Queensland Capras.
Pearson is expected to add extra maturity and experience to the South Grafton Rebels halves following the late departure of Premiership-winning halfback Ant Cowan.
According to Rebels president Ray Taunton, a deal was reached with Pearson quite quickly after talks began last week.
"Theeran is a very talented footballer and we can't wait to have him on board at the Rebels," Taunton said.
"(Rebels coach) Ronnie Gordon has had a bit to do with Theeran through coaching knock-out sides and were hoping that bond can continue.
"He is certainly going to plug a hole after the late loss of Ant to Orara."
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Pearson will likely partner with Nick McGrady in the halves and Taunton is hoping the experienced halve will help with McGrady's growth in the role.
"I am sure Nick will be keen to play alongside someone of Theeran's experience," Taunton said.
"Theeran will have a lot that he can teach to the young half."
Pearson has played representative football for Queensland in both senior and junior level and played with the Australian indigenous side.
"The rest of the side is coming along good, just a bit more experience in those key positions will help us out," Taunton said.
Pearson is expected to line up in the Rebels first home game of the season at McKittrick Park this Sunday against Sawtell Panthers.
The action kicks off from midday with the Under 18s.