NRL Women's Signings Tracker: Hancock's career to continue at Broncos
Veteran Maroons prop Stephanie Hancock will continue her career in the game post-Origin after signing a contract with the Brisbane Broncos for the Holden women's NRL premiership in September.
Hancock, who delayed retirement plans to feature for Queensland in a 14th appearance on Friday night, was one of four new additions to the Broncos squad announced on Thursday.
In a further boost for the Broncos, her signing falls under the free agent banner after Hancock missed selection in the elite top 40 squad earlier in the year.
Meanwhile, Newcastle product Jayme Fressard and former Maroons forward Chelsea Lenarduzzi have signed deals as further marquee talent added to the squad.
Fressard is a dynamic winger who fell victim of the Blues' strength in the backline to miss selection in the Origin fixture.
The Broncos also announced the signing of Australian Defence Force member Julia Thompson as another free agent to join the squad.
A standout at the Harvey Norman National Championships in June, Thompson is a tall winger based in Townsville with a predominant rugby union background but turned heads at the carnival with her skill.
The women's Holden NRL premiership will be played as a double-header during the men's final series.
Four teams won licences in the inaugural first season of the competition, kicking off in September.
Under the rules of the new competition, a maximum of 15 players are allowed to be recruited from both the Australian (40 players) and New Zealand (20 players) elite squads.
The remaining spots of the 22-player squads are made up of free agents, scouted from local competitions, Talent ID camps and rival codes.
Keep up to date below with a list of all the confirmed signings for the upcoming women's NRL premiership for 2018 starting in September.
- June 21: Hancock's career to continue at Broncos as four more signings announced
- June 17: Roosters confirm Sims signing as part of 15 marquee recruits
- June 14: Broncos announce signings of Ward, House, Baker and Harden
- June 13: Dragons add Hireme, McGregor, Sergis and Horne to squad
- June 7: Broncos confirm powerhouse Kiwi Ferns signing and four key additions
- June 5: Dragons secure high profile recruits Apps, Bremner and Quinn
Here is a look at the moves for each of the four clubs' recruits for the inaugural women's Holden NRL premiership.
Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, Brittany Breayley, Ali Brigginshaw, Teuila Fotu-Moala, Caitlin Moran, Tallisha Harden, Kody House, Meg Ward, Stephanie Hancock, Jayme Fressard, Julia Thompson, Chelsea Lenarduzzi.
Marquee total: 11.
New Zealand Warriors
St George Illawarra Dragons
Kezie Apps, Sam Bremner, Talesha Quinn, Rikeya Horne, Honey Hireme, Raecene McGregor, Jessica Sergis.
Marquee total: 7.
Karina Brown, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Vanessa Foliaki, Kylie Hilder, Isabelle Kelly, Nita Maynard, Corban McGregor, Lavina O'Mealey, Taleena Simon, Ruan Sims, Shontelle Stowers, Maddie Studdon, Zahara Temara, Simaima Taufa, Elianna Walton.
Marquee total: 15.
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