This signing will come as no surprise as his name has been thrown about a bit lately, he didn’t actually want us to announce he would be playing, but as you know him now to be the New York Freedom Co-owner and Coach, we wanted to let you know that Mark Offerdahl will also be part of the 2021 squad.
Offerdahl often referred to as ‘Captain America’ lives for Rugby League. The Aussie front-rower has been championing the growth of the game in the US for several years now, and finally, the time has come.
A born and bred Queenslander, starting out at his local club in the Aussie bush, Mark was offered a contract with NRL side Manly Sea Eagles where he spent some time before moving to Queensland Cup’s East Tigers for 3 seasons.
Being given the opportunity to travel the world, Offerdahl took opportunities to play in Europe with a stint at Elite One club Carcasson in France, as well as UK Championship sides; North Wales Crusaders (Wales), London Broncos (England), and Sheffield Eagles (England), and even a season here in the USA with the Connecticut Wildcats in the AMNRL.
Offerdahl is a USA International player, qualifying through his father who served in the US army, and in doing so has represented the USA at the 2013 World Cup and took on the role of captain for the 2017 World Cup and 9s World Cup in 2019. Mark received much recognition for his performances at both World Cup competitions, but 2013 was a pivotal point in his career.
Most recently Offerdahl returned to his hometown club Goondiwindi Boars as a player-coach and in one season turned a team familiar with the wooden spoon into a highly competitive side that had everyone talking and made the finals in 2019. Unfortunately, the 2020 season was cut short during pre-season due to Covid, which is how he ended up here.
With his 16 years of professional Rugby League, Mark is a powerful player, mentally and physically, with a lot of experience to bring to the game, and pass on to the younger members of the squad.
He enjoys coaching and mentorship and is eager to train a younger generation of players with his ultimate goal of producing a strong homegrown national team that will again 'shock the world' as his 2013 Tomahawk squad did.