PARRAMATTA pinched Mitchell Moses, but the Wests Tigers did well to sneak under the Eels’ guard and steal Alex Twal, who will line up for Lebanon in the World Cup.
Eels Holden Cup coach and Lebanon assistant Luke Burt said 21-year-old Twal was likely to become a ‘’long-time first-grader’’.
“He plays big minutes for a front-rower, he has a great work ethic, he’s a top kid. The thing with ‘Twally’ is you know what you will get out of him every game.’’
Parramatta skipper Tim Mannah said Twal had the ability to become the Tigers forwards leader, despite the high-profile signings of Russell Packer and Ben Matulino.
“He reminds me of Nathan Brown where his personality is huge, and he’s a player players love to play with,’’ Mannah said.
“He brings a lot to a team. The Tigers are lucky to have him. He’ll have a really strong career in the NRL.’’
Twal, who grew up in Merrylands to a Jordanian father and Lebanese mother, said he had not looked back since being given the chance to join the Tigers and play first grade.
It was during one of his first meetings with the Lebanon team Twal got to know Ivan Cleary, who was then in charge of the Cedars before taking over the Tigers.
“”Those last ten weeks with the Tigers in first grade was a dream come true, and to now pull on the red and green (for Lebanon), it’s been a big year,’’ Twal said.
“There are still areas I can work on, and I want play well in this World Cup and use it as a stepping stone to improve my game again in 2018.’’
Lebanon kickstart their Cup campaign on Saturday afternoon with former Tigers Moses and Robbie Farah the halves pairing.