Fresh off signing Jillaroos captain Ruan Sims to a historic playing contract – the first of its kind for a female rugby league player – Cronulla have signed Jillaroos centre Corban McGregor on a similar deal.
The 22-year-old speedster only started playing rugby league in 2014, joining the Helensburgh Tiger Lillies before a move to the Cronulla Sharks for 2016.
McGregor was picked for NSW in 2015 and made her green and gold debut at the 2016 Auckland Nines, and also played the Trans-Tasman Test in May.
Her contract, on the back of that signed by Sims last week, is another major step towards full-time professionalism in the women’s game.
“It is huge and I’m super stoked for Ruan and I also signed mine [this week],” McGregor told NRL.com.
“We have a couple more girls to be unveiled in the next couple of weeks so it’s very exciting.”
McGregor hoped the greater drive towards professionalism at club level would help pay dividends through to the national team.
“The things Jason Stanton, our head coach, has planned for us and our preparation for the Nines tournament coming up next year will only benefit us at rep level so there should be some huge improvements in our game,” McGregor added.
Stanton said McGregor was a role model for women in the game.
“We’re really excited to have Corban join the squad because she represents the new type of player coming through – she’s strong and fast and very skilful as well,” Stanton told NRL.com.