Queensland sign son of a league legend Hugh McGahan

Super Rugby
by RUGBY.com.au staff

Queensland have signed playmaker Matt McGahan, the son of former league star Hugh McGahan, and bolstered their backline depth by also adding Jock Campbell and Teti Tela to their squad.

McGahan was raised in New Zealand and played for the Auckland Blues in 2015-16 but has Australian eligibility given he was born in Sydney while his father was playing for the Roosters.

Hugh McGahan was a 32-Test former captain of the Kiwis rugby league side, and the 1987 Golden Boot winner. Unlike his backrower father, Matt is a fly-half and centre.

He played New Zealand schools in 2010 and then spent three years with the Melbourne Storm after school as an aspiring hooker behind Cameron Smith.

But after failing to crack an NRL debut, he returned to Mitre Ten Cup in 2014 and he played for the Blues over the following two years.

McGahan, 25, has spent the last two years playing in Japan and is seen as a back-up option to Hamish Stewart after signing a one-year contract.

Campbell, a versatile wing/fullback, has been a star of Queensland Club Rugby and for Queensland Country in the NRC for the past two seasons.

The 23-year-old is proof positive of club rugby being a pathway to a professional contract after playing second XV at the Southport School in 2013 and not making any junior representative squads.

Campbell has signed for two seasons.

Tela was also a part of Country’s 2017 NRC title-winning team after strong performances in Queensland Premier Rugby with Souths.

The Fijian-born flyer went on to make his Super Rugby debut against the Sunwolves in the Reds’ final match of the 2018 season.