The London Broncos wins the race for Cook Islands star Paul Ulberg

The London Broncos have won the race to secure the services of Cook Islands international Paul Ulberg.

The 26-year-old winger has joined the capital club on a one-year deal for the 2022 championship season.

New Zealand-born Ulberg will hope to have a great season for the Broncos so he can join the Cook Islands squad for the World Cup next fall.

London say they have beaten ‘several other clubs in the UK’ for the signing of Ulberg, who most recently played for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup.

Ulberg scored seven attempts in 18 games for the Devils in 2021. In total, he has scored 26 attempts in 60 games in the Queensland Cup.

Paul Ulberg has represented the Cook Islands

He was named in the tournament team at the Nines World Cup in 2019. Ulberg has won two internationals for the Cook Islands – including scoring a hat-trick against South Africa in 2019.

Former London Broncos prop Olsi Krasniqi announces retirement

Olsi Krasniqi

Albanian stopper Olsi Krasniqi has announced his retirement from the rugby league due to a brain injury.

The 29-year-old has played more than 200 career games for the London Broncos, Salford and London Broncos.

Krasniqi says he has made the decision to step down from playing due to concussion he has suffered.

He wrote on Instagram: “The time has come for me to finally announce my retirement from the rugby league.

“Unfortunately, throughout my career I have suffered a number of concussions, and during the first match of the 2021 season, I suffered a serious one, which took me months to recover from. The rehabilitation did not go quite as well as I did. Many of the symptoms have been going on for a while now, so it was decided to stop and give this injury the right time to heal.

“Being a professional athlete has been a big part of my identity for the last 12 years. It was a difficult situation to come to terms with, but for my health it is the right one.”

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