It is the start of a new chapter in his career and one that he looks forward to, as Etu Uaisele, a former winger at both the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers and currently playing for NSW Cup side the Wyong Roos, signs with English rugby league side Featherstone for the 2014 season.
Uaisele, who is 28 and of Tongan descent, made the decision to sign for Featherstone over other Super League clubs who were battling it out for his services, due to the fact that he was excited about the direction Featherstone is headed in.
“I am really excited about joining Featherstone Roves in 2014 following the World Cup over in the UK,” said Uaisele.
“I will be striving to help the team with their quest to be in the Super League in 2015. There was significant interest from Super League club’s in the UK but I was impressed with the vision and enthusiasm of Rovers which I share. I can’t wait to get started.”
Playing in 30 NRL games for two clubs, Uaisele is a player that the Rovers see as a marquee signing for their club.
“This is a marquee signing for Featherstone Rovers and shows a signal of our intent in 2014 to be the dominant force outside Super League in preparedness for 2015,” said Featherstone Rovers Chief Executive Craig Poskitt.
“Etu brings a wealth of experience and character to our squad and we are looking forward to seeing him in action at the World Cup later this year. We expect Etu to be a massive hit with supporters and can’t wait for him to arrive in Featherstone.”