Raiders’ Roster Rework: Another Dragons Disaster, New Half Departs After a Week, Forward Added

St. George Illawarra are in a difficult position regarding the halves following the news that new signing Ronald Volkman will be departing due to a long-standing shoulder injury. The 21-year-old joined the team from the Warriors to compete for a starting berth but will leave after just a week with the club. The departure leaves Coach Shane Flanagan scrambling for a partner for Ben Hunt, with only his son Kyle available as a recognized half. Volkman’s contract was not registered, so the Dragons are able to opt out. It is unclear where the player stands, though there was interest from the Super League. Additionally, Canberra’s search for a new backrower has ended with the arrival of Zac Hosking from the Panthers. The 26-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Raiders, strengthening the team’s roster. Hosking was expected to join at the end of the season but has been granted an immediate release. Finally, the Wests Tigers have announced the signing of Q Cup standout Solomona Faataape. It’s an unexpected move, as fans were waiting for the announcement of Justin Olam from the Melbourne Storm, with Faataape added for depth. Faataape’s record in Queensland is exceptional, with 16 tries in 24 games last year, where he was named Player’s Player of the Year at the Easts Tigers club.